Applying for Medicaid, Marketplace Exchange Plans or SNAP for Outpatient Families
Lurie Children's offers free assistance with applying for Medicaid, healthcare exchange plans or food stamps (SNAP) with Patient Innovation Center (PIC) Navigators. They are available to help you enroll in the health plan that is right for you and your family. These trained, state-licensed professionals can help you understand coverage, answer questions you have and guide you through any issues with your insurance.
You can also make an appointment to meet with a Navigator at one of the following locations:
Lurie Children's - Main Hospital 225 E. Chicago Avenue 12th floor Sarah & Peer Pedersen Family Learning Center Chicago, IL 606011 Mondays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Lurie Children's Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park 2515 N. Clark Street 9th floor, Room 9211 Chicago, IL 60614 Tuesdays, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
For your appointment, you will need the following:
State ID or driver's license
Social Security number
Immigration documents, if applicable
Pay stubs or tax statements
Insurance card (if you are already insured)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Affordable Care Act?
The Affordable Care Act is a law that requires U.S. citizens or legal residents to obtain health insurance.
How does this law apply to me?
If you do not have health insurance, you will need to find and enroll in a health insurance plan.
Am I eligible?
Yes, if you live in the U.S. and you are a citizen or legal resident of the U.S.
Where can I learn about insurance companies and apply for coverage?
You can visit healthcare.gov to compare insurance plans, apply and enroll for insurance.
What happens if I don't have health insurance?
If you decide not to enroll in a health insurance plan, you will be uninsured. As a result, you will likely pay a fee to the federal government of either $695 per person or 2.5 percent of your total income, whichever is higher. Currently, the fee for children is $347.50 per healthcare.gov 2016 penalty. The maximum fine is $2,085.