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Posted June 27, 2018

How to Enroll in a Medicaid Managed Care Plan

Medicaid is a health care program for people with low income. Since 2013, Illinois has helped more people to get Medicaid. Now they can take better care of their health.

We can help you with Medicaid benefits.

How to Apply for Illinois Medicaid
Go to to apply for benefits. The application takes about 30 minutes, so make time to finish it.
Then “Start a new application for health care coverage, SNAP, cash assistance, and/or Medicare and Medicaid.”
After you apply, you will get a letter from the State of Illinois Department of Human Services. This letter will tell you if you have been accepted or not. If you are accepted, it will give you a recipient number that you will need to enroll. Please keep this letter.

If you are not sure if you should apply for benefits, click here for answers.

Choosing Your Medicaid Managed Care Plan
If you are accepted, you will get a packet in the mail. It will be from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Your enrollment deadline is included.

Choose from these Medicaid managed care plans:
NextLevel Health
Molina Healthcare
Meridian Health Plan
IlliniCare Health
Harmony Health Plan
Family Health Network
Blue Cross Community Family Health Plan
Aetna Better Health

You must choose one of these health plans. You also have to choose a doctor or a clinic to be your Primary Care Provider. After you make these choices, you can enroll.

Enrolling in Your Medicaid Managed Health Plan

Go to From there, click on:
“Compare Plans” to see the services in each health plan.
“Find Providers” to find a doctor or clinic near you.
“Enroll”, and then type in the recipient number from your acceptance letter.

Illinois Client Enrollment Services will send you information:
• when it is time for you to choose a health plan, and
• during your Open Enrollment period.

See all of our benefits here.