Benefits Check-Up is a free tool accessible at By answering a few questions about yourself and your health care needs, you can find out if you are taking advantage of all of the benefits that you are eligible for, including nutrition and prescription drug assistance.


Erie Family Health Center can help senior citizens with managing chronic illnesses (asthma, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, HIV, and Hepatitis C), cholesterol checks, vaccinations, referrals for mammograms and specialty care, physical exams, and podiatry services. Medicaid, Medicare, and many private health insurance plans accepted. Reduced fees may be available for the uninsured.

Erie Helping Hands Health Center
4751 North Kedzie
Chicago, IL 60625


Medical Assistance through the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is available to individuals aged 65 or older. Individuals may also qualify for food benefits. You can apply online (, by mailing in an application, or by visiting your local Illinois Department of Human Services office.

Illinois Department of Human Services (60614 and 60657)
1279 North Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642

Illinois Department of Human Services (60613)
2112 West Lawrence
Chicago, IL 60625

Illinois Department of Human Services (60610)
2650 West Fulton
Chicago, IL 60612


The Senior Health Assistance Program (SHAP) is a free service to help seniors complete applications for prescription drug assistance, including the Illinois Rx Buying Club and Medicare Part D. SHAP staff is available at the following locations near the 12th District:

Chicago Department of Senior Services – City Hall Room 100 121 North LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60602

Chicago Department of Senior Services – Northeast (Levy) Senior Center 2019 West Lawrence
Chicago, IL 60625

Chicago Department of Senior Services – North Area Center
4740 North Sheridan
Chicago, IL 60640

Chicago Department of Senior Services – Northwest (Copernicus) Senior Center
3160 North Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60618


The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is a free health insurance counseling services for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. Counselors can answer questions about Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, Medicare plans, prescription drug coverage (including Medicare and Extra Help from Social Security), long-term care insurance, Medicare claims and appeals, and Medicare beneficiary rights.

Illinois Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph
Suite 9-301
Chicago, IL 60601


Weiss Memorial Hospital’s WISE Senior Program offers local senior citizens educational, social, and wellness programs including free seminars, support groups, exercise closes, and opportunities for free health screenings. Contact Weiss Memorial Hospital or visit the senior center to enroll.

Weiss Memorial Hospital, WISE Senior Center
4646 North Marine
First Floor, C Elevator
Chicago, IL 60640