FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Participates in New Program for Uninsured Cook County Adults
Chicago, Ill. – June 28, 2013 – A new Medicaid program for uninsured adults is now available through Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC).
The program offers expanded insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the new federal health care reform law, to individuals who meet specific criteria. The insurance program is operated by the State of Illinois and Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems. The program is open to individuals who need health care coverage, but aren’t eligible for traditional Medicaid, Medicare or the Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (CHIP).
Those eligible to participate in the program must meet the following criteria:
- Live in Cook County
- Be 19 to 64 years of age
- Be a legal immigrant for at least five years or be a U.S. citizen
- Meet income limits ($15,282 of income per year for an individual or $20,628 for a couple)
- Have a social security number or have applied for one
Participants will have an opportunity to choose health care from a list of CountyCare providers that includes Cook County clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). PSMEMC’s affiliated FQHC partner, PrimeCare Community Health, provides family-centered care in the Presence Saint Elizabeth Hospital Medical Office Building, 1431 N. Western Ave., Suite 406, Chicago. PrimeCare family medicine physicians provide services for the entire family.
The program covers such services as: emergency room visits, hospital inpatient services, hospital outpatient services, alcohol and substance use disorders, mental health, nursing facility care (30 days), medical supplies and equipment, home health agency visits, and hospice and palliative care. Other covered services include: laboratory and X-ray, rehabilitation services, prescription drugs, bus vouchers for covered services, family planning and supplies, dental care (for ages 19-20 only) and podiatric services for diabetics.
There are several ways to apply or obtain more information:
- Call 312-633-5841 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
- Apply in-person at PrimeCare, Presence Saint Elizabeth Hospital Medical Office Building, 1431 N. Western Ave., Suite 406, Chicago, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
To obtain a list of documents needed for the application process, visit the PSMEMC website. If approved, an individual will receive a letter, CountyCare medical card and information packet in the mail.
About Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) is a premier medical center on Chicago's near northwest side and includes the Saint Mary Campus, 2233 W. Division St., and Saint Elizabeth Campus, 1431 N. Claremont Ave. The Saint Mary Campus is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and accredited as a Chest Pain Center. The hospital specializes in cardiac care, digestive diseases, emergency services, neuroscience services, obstetrics, primary care, behavioral health and wound healing. PSMEMC ranks No. 19 in the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" in the Chicago metro area. Visit our website at smemc.reshealth.org.
About Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care, Now Joined as Presence Health
PSMEMC is part of Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, created in November 2011 through the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has 22,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of nearly $3 billion. Visit presencehealth.org to learn more.