Veterans Care

The Illinois Veterans Care (IVC) program provides comprehensive healthcare coverage to uninsured veterans who are not eligible for care through the Veterans Administration. The Illinois Warrior Assistance Program (IWAP) provides counseling for veterans who are ineligible for VA care or who have to travel more than 25 miles for VA counseling.

Who is Eligible

Any U.S. veteran who:

  • was not dishonorably discharged from the military;
  • is income eligible; and 
  • is not eligible to receive care through the Veterans Administration (VA).

Income eligibility is based on county of residence. For Cook County, the monthly income threshold is $4,268 for an individual and up to $8,798 for a family of 8. Check income eligibility here.

Veterans pay a monthly premium of $40 or $70, depending on income.

Why Apply

The Illinois Veterans Care (IVC) program covers medical care as well as limited dental and vision services.

The Illinois Warrior Assistance Program (IWAP) charges a $5 co-payment for each visit and covers screenings and services for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, including: 

  • referrals to appropriate service providers and care coordination
  • 30 outpatient counseling visits, including any combination of individual or group counseling, medication management, psychotherapy, and intensive outpatient services
  • neuropsychological testing and physical, occupational, and speech therapy
  • 6 face-to-face visits for the spouses and children of veterans

To Apply For

  • Veterans can apply to the IVC program by downloading an application or by visiting an Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs office.
  • Veterans or their family members can contact the IWAP at 1-866-554-4927 Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM

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Links to Important Resources

Applicants for Veterans Care will need to show a photo ID, proof of income for the last 30 days (including spouse’s income if applicable), and a copy of their military discharge. 

Learn more about the Veterans Care Program or learn more about the Illinois Warrior Program


Topics: Public Insurance Coverage
Tags: Veterans
Last updated August 15, 2017

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