Medical Assistance for Asylum Applicants and Torture Victims
Illinois provides up to 24 months of health coverage for persons who have applied for asylum in the United States. Coverage is also available for non-citizen victims of torture who are receiving treatment at federally-funded torture treatment centers.
Who is Eligible
- Persons/immigrants who have applied for aslyum in the United States; and
- Non-citizen torture victims who are receiving treatment at a federally funded torture treatment center
Note: The Marjorie Kovler Center for Treatment of Survivors of Torture, a program of Heartland Alliance located at 1331 W. Albion Ave., Chicago, is the only agency in Illinois that currently receives federal funds to provide torture treatment services.
Eligible persons are encouraged to apply as torture victims, as asylees may have suffered significant physical traumas and may be in need of immediate medical care.
To Apply For
Applicants should contact their local Department of Human Services Office to obtain services. Cook County residents should apply via the DHS Special Units Center at 5050 N. Broadway St., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60640 or by phone at (773) 907-4100.
- Verify the status of an individual who claims to have an application for asylum pending before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) or an appeal pending regarding a decision on an asylum petition by providing any one of the following six documents:
- I-589 asylum application Acknowledgment of Receipt issued by BCIS;
- I-589 Asylum Interview Notice issued by BCIS;
- Referral Notice regarding I-589 request for asylum to an immigration judge issued by BCIS, or
- Form I-589 Application for Asylum stamped as received by the Court;
- Form EOIR-26 Notice of Appeal with Filing Receipt for Appeal, both issued by the U.S. Department of Justice and Board of Immigration Appeals; or
- Petition for Review of a Board of Immigration Appeals decision stamped by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
- To verify that an individual is receiving torture treatment services from a federally funded torture treatment center, the applicant must provide a statement from an authorized staff member, on treatment center letterhead, attesting to the individual's participation in the torture treatment program.
Links to Important Resources
Learn more about the Medical Assistance for Asylum Applicants and Torture Victims Program.