Illinois Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to Illinois.


Federal Disability Insurance (SSDI & SSI)
Social Security Administration

Find your local SSA office

More Disability Resources


How to File Bankruptcy in Illinois for Free

Filing bankruptcy can be an effective way to eliminate medical bills and credit card debt among other kinds of erasable debts.


Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division

State Fair Employment Agency
Illinois Department of Human Rights

Vocational Rehabilitation
Illinois Department of Human Services

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
Get Covered Illinois

Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program & External Appeals
Illinois Attorney General

Illinois Department of Insurance
312.814.2420 or 217.782.4515

HIPAA Plans/High Risk Insurance
Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan

U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration

Illinois Department of Insurance

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
All Kids

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicaid Programs

Triage Cancer Guide to Medicaid Expansion

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Illinois High Insurance Premium Payment Program (HIPP)
Illinois Department of Human Services

Illinois Home Services Program
Illinois Department of Human Services

More Health Insurance Resources

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
Illinois Department of Employment Security

Agency: Illinois Department of Employment Security

File here or by phone. Customer service: (800) 244-5631 and TTY: (866) 488-4016. Make weekly certifications here Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. There is a chat feature available on the website to answer basic questions. A comprehensive guidebook is available here. Payment is available via direct deposit or debit card. To remain eligible, you must register for the Employment Service. There is a comprehensive guidebook available.

Updates relating to Illinois unemployment benefits and Covid-19.

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

215 ILCS §5/364.01 – No individual or group policy may be cancelled or not renewed due to an enrollee’s participation in a qualified clinical trial. In order to be considered “qualified,” the clinical trial must be testing a treatment that has not been determined relative to established therapies. Furthermore, only Phase II, III, and IV clinical trials may qualify. Next, the trial must either be approved by the U.S. F.D.A. or by one of the following: (1) National Institutes of Health (2) CDC, (3) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, (4) U.S. Dept. of Defense, (5) U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, or (6), or a cooperative group or center of any entity set forth herein. Lastly, the participant’s primary care physician must be involved in the coordination of care.

NOTE: There is currently no Illinois law that requires health plans to cover patient care costs in clinical trials. (current as of 7/2011).

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Paid Family Sick Leave

Illinois does not have paid family leave. However, both the City of Chicago and Cook County require employers to allow employees to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Statewide legislation is currently pending.