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Chester Clinic &
Steeleville Family Practice

Chester Clinic
Steeeville Family Practice

Caring is Our Commitment

Providing quality care to Southern Illinois since 1934

At Chester Clinic and Steeleville Family Practice outstanding physicians, and support staff abound. Our healthcare business truly is..."ALL ABOUT YOU!" We come to work each day embracing the goals of medical ethics.

  • To respect people, healthy or ill, regardless of who they are.

  • To support, comfort and care for our patients and their loved ones whenever and wherever we can.

  • To embrace the power of information and communication technologies in order to support our patients with the best available care and information.

  • To promote health as well as treat disease.

  • As always, our goal is to make your healthcare experience a positive one.

  • Providing service to Chester, Illinois and the surrounding communities.


Memorial Hospital Medicaid Managed Care Plans

Memorial Hospital and it’s providers (this includes both Chester Clinic and Steeleville Family Practice) are currently accepting the following Medicaid Managed Care Plans:


  • Meridian

  • Molina

  • Blue Cross Community

  • Aetna Better Health


If you have questions about these plans, please contact the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services at 877-912-8880 or visit their website at

Are you enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid?

Did you know that your insurance could be changing this Fall 2021 to a Managed Medicare/Managed Medicaid Plan – also known as the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative (MMAI)?

Memorial Hospital, Chester Clinic, & Steeleville Family Practice

ONLY accept the following Medicare-Medicaid plans:


  • Traditional Medicare/Traditional Medicaid,

  • Blue Cross Community MMAI (Medicare-Medicaid Plan)

  • Molina Healthcare Dual Options Medicare-Medicaid Plan

If you were auto-enrolled in a different MMAI plan and wish to continue receiving services at Memorial Hospital, Chester Clinic or Steeleville Family Practice, you will need to opt-out of your current plan and choose a plan as listed above or revert back to Traditional Medicare/Traditional Medicaid.


If you need assistance with switching plans, we can help at 618-826-4581, explain you need to speak with someone about MMAI network benefits and you will be transferred appropriately or call the Senior HelpLine and ask for the MMAI Ombudsman at 877-912-8880

Are you enrolled in both medicare and medicaid? Need help switching plans? Call 618-826-4581. We can help. Memorial Hospital
Medicaid Member! Updating your address is easy, fast and free. call 877-805-5312 or T T Y: 877-204-1012 monday through friday 7:45am to 4:30pm. Medicaid dot illinois dot gov. Don't risk losing your health insurance. Illinois department of healthcare and family services.
Medicaid members!
Don’t risk losing your health insurance.

Please update your address with Illinois Medicaid. It’s easy, fast, and free: Call 877-805-5312 from 7:45am–4:30pm or visit If you use a TTY, call 1-877-204-1012.

For the best care, enroll to share. Join Common Well and give your doctors more secure access to your health records, no matter where the information is. They will be able to make better decisions by sharing information about your health so you get the care you deserve. Enroll today. It is easy. Ask the front desk for more information. common well health alliance
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Patient Care Hours:

Chester Clinic

Mondays & Fridays

8:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Early Hours - Chester ONLY

Tuesdays, & Thursdays

Starting at 7:00am

(With a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician Assistant )


To make an appointment:
Please call 618-826-2388,


Steeleville Family Practice


8:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Closed on Holidays

To make an appointment:

Please call 618-965-3382

If you are signed up for appointment reminder calls they will be received three days prior to your appointment.

To apply for financial assistance at one of the rural health clinics, follow the directions below:

  • Print the Financial Application (Download Here)

  • Complete and sign the application.

  • Return the application, along with copies of supporting documentation to the Patient Accounts Department. The application may either be delivered in person or sent by mail to: Chester ClinicAttention: Patient Accounts2319 Old Plank RoadChester, IL 62233

To apply for Financial Assistance at Memorial Hospital contact patient accounts at 618-826-4581 ext. 1249.

Financial Policy

Persons may be eligible for financial assistance with their medical bills under the terms and conditions Chester Clinic/Steeleville Family Practice offers to qualified patients (See our Financial Policy: English, Spanish). For more information, please contact the Patient Accounts Department at 618-826-2388 ext: 1484.

Privacy Policy

This Notice of Privacy Practices describes how we may use and disclose your protected health information (PHI) to carry our treatment, payment or health care operations (TPO) and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes your rights to access and control your protected health information. (See our Privacy Policy)

Notice to Patients:

This practice serves all patients regardless of inability to pay. Discounts for essential services are offered based on family size and income. Thank you.

Aviso Para Pacientes:

Esta práctica sirve a todos los pacientes, independientemente de la incapacidad de pago. Desuentos para los servicios esenciales son ofrecidos dependiendo de tamaño de la familia y de los ingresos. Usted puede solicitar un descuento en la recepción o visita nuestro sitio web. Gracias.

Policy Title: Office of Civil Rights Section 1557-Nondiscrimination Notice

Memorial Hospital complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or sex. Details. See additional languages at bottom of page..

Disclaimer: Nothing on this web site should be considered as medical advice or a recommendation. Neither the author, Memorial Hospital, its affiliates or agents, or any other party involved in the preparation or publication of the works presented are responsible for any errors or omissions in information provided. Readers are encouraged to confirm information with other reliable sources and to direct any questions concerning personal healthcare to licensed physicians or other appropriate healthcare professionals. Only your own physician can help you make decisions about your medical care.

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