All Kids

An Effective Practice


The All Kids program was created by Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich to address the problem of uninsured children. Illinois is the first state in the nation to provide affordable, comprehensive health insurance for every child. Of the 250,000 children in Illinois without health insurance, more than half come from working and middle class families who earn too much to qualify for state programs like KidCare, but not enough to afford private health insurance. Through All Kids, comprehensive health insurance is available to every uninsured child at rates their parents can afford.

The All Kids program offers Illinois’ uninsured children comprehensive health care that includes doctor’s visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices like eyeglasses and asthma inhalers. Parents pay monthly premiums for the coverage, but rates for middle-income families are significantly lower than they are on the private market. For instance, a family of four that earns between $40,000 and $59,999 a year pays a $40 monthly premium per child, and a $10 co-pay per physician visit.

Goal / Mission

The goal of this program is to make affordable health care a reality for hundreds of thousands of families across the state.

Results / Accomplishments

All Kids made Illinois the first state in the nation to offer affordable, comprehensive health coverage to every uninsured child. Under Governor Blagojevich, the state has provided health coverage to more than 313,000 children who didn't have it before.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Clarrissa Hupp
Health / Access to Health Services
Health / Children's Health
State of Illinois
Date of implementation
Target Audience