The Illinois Department on Aging's Circuit Breaker program provides grants to senior citizens and persons with disabilities to help them reduce the impact of taxes and prescription medications on their lives. When the costs of property taxes and prescription medicines begin to "overload" our seniors and persons with disabilities, this program steps in to help, just as a circuit breaker prevents overloads in an electrical system.
NOTICE: Effective July 1, 2012, the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Relief Grant is eliminated due to the lack of funding. Pending applications will be processed for grant eligibility on a first come basis through June 30, 2012. If an application is postmarked on or after July 1, only the License Plate Discount, Seniors Ride Free and Persons with Disabilities Ride Free benefits will continue to be processed.
Please understand that the Illinois Department on Aging does not have discretion in the funding of this grant. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-624-2459.
As of July 1, 2012, Illinois Cares Rx was terminated. That means that Illinois Cares Rx will no longer help pay for prescription drugs and Medicare Part D premiums. It is important that individuals contact their Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to find out what their premium and prescription drug costs will be beginning July 1, 2012.
If you have questions or would like to locate a Senior Health Assistance Program (SHAP) site near you for assistance, contact the Senior HelpLine at 800-252-8966, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).