The graph displays the proportion of children in the WIC program who were covered by public or private health insurance.
Tabular version of Chart "WIC-Eligible Children with Health Insurance, 2003-2007"
Health insurance is essential for access to health care services. Virtually every child on WIC is, by definition, eligible for the State of Illinois' All Kids program. The Department has been working with the IDHFS to increase the proportion of WIC-eligible children who are also enrolled in All Kids if they are not covered by their parents' health insurance. Local WIC/FCM agencies have been trained and certified by the IDHFS as "All Kids Application Agents." Local WIC program staff assist eligible families in applying for coverage through All Kids.
When this project began in September 2000, a total of 86 percent of WIC?enrolled infants and children were documented in the Cornerstone system as having All Kids or private insurance coverage. Due to the continued efforts of local WIC agency staff, this proportion has steadily increased. By September 2006, 93.7 percent of WIC?enrolled infants and children were documented in the Cornerstone system as having All Kids or private health insurance and by June 2007, an estimated 94.1 percent were documented. (An estimate is being used, due to changes in recording client insurance coverage.)
The integrated delivery of WIC and FCM is decreasing the number of uninsured children in Illinois.