Application Assistance

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.

Speak with a PIC Navigator by calling 312.967.9200.

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 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 2016 penalty. The maximum fine is $2,085.