A state-run program in Illinois, AllKids provides comprehensive healthcare benefits for children in lower-income households, the first state plan to hold forth the promise of universal health care coverage for children.
Launched in 2006, AllKids is a state-run program that provides comprehensive, affordable health insurance, regardless of immigration status or health condition. The program built onto the state’s Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) operations but was funded exclusively with state funds. Ten years later, more than 1.6 million children were enrolled.
AllKids grew out of the changes in Medicaid provisions that resulted from the Memisovski class action lawsuit and subsequent consent decree.
- Shriver Center: “The Path to Universal Health Coverage for Children in Illinois” (2006)
- Progress Illinois: With Blagojevich Behind Bars, ‘All Kids’ Continues to Be A Beacon in IL Children’s Health Care (2012)
- AllKids About page today