Medicare plays a key role in providing health and financial security to beneficiaries residing in Illinois. With more than 2.2 million Illinois beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare, we’ll cover some very important information below about Medicare in Illinois. We want to help you better understand your options and make the decision-process as seamless as possible once you’re ready to enroll in Medicare or discover different coverage options.

Illinois Medicare Enrollments


Original Medicare Plans (Part A and B)


Medicare Advantage & Other Health Plans


Stand-alone Medicare Part D (Drug Plans)


Total Medicare Beneficiaries in Illinois

Who Qualifies for Medicare in Illinois?

Medicare covers most Illinois residents who are age 65 or older, and it also covers disabled Illinois residents. In general, Medicare enrollment in Illinois works the same way as it does in the rest of the country. If you qualify, Original Medicare Part A and Part B will help cover your health costs.

Once you have Medicare eligibility, you can begin choosing a new health plan through a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medigap plan, and/or a Medicare Part D drug plan.

Who Qualifies for Medicare

Medicare Health Plan Resources in Illinois

  • Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP): SHIP is a free statewide health insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers.
    Contact: Call 1-800-252-8966. Contact details for local SHIP sites can also be found on their website.

  • Senior HelpLine provides free information to seniors aged 60 and older and their caregivers throughout Illinois. Professional staff briefly assess needs, send literature, and write referrals for a range of services such as care coordination services, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, legal services, transportation, employment, and nutrition services.
    Contact: Call 1-800-252-8966, 1-888-206-1327 for TTY or email the service at [email protected].

  • Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging (NIAAA): NIAAA has been meeting the needs of older adults and their families since 1974. NIAAA serves a nine-county region consisting of Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago Counties. NIAAA is a non-profit organization and has been designated by the Illinois Department on Aging to be the area agency on aging for northwestern Illinois.
    Contact: NIAAA lists all the contact details on their website.

The licensed agents that are partnered with Timefor65 can help you compare the availability, benefits, and costs of Medicare plans in your specific region of Illinois. Our process makes it easier for you to access your Medicare eligibility in Illinois so that you receive personalized, affordable, and easy-to-use coverage options and solutions. Feel free to fill out the form or give us a call at (866) 327-0148 anytime to get your free quote and ask any questions that may be lingering.