Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2013, 2:19 pm
New Benefits Access Program replacing Illinois Cares Rx
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Press release submitted by Western IL Area Agency on Aging
In July of 2012 the Illinois Cares Rx program (for prescription assistance) and the Circuit Breaker Property Tax Relief Grant program (for a rebate on property tax or rent) were eliminated due to lack of funding. Three benefits from the Circuit Breaker program remain. Beginning this year (2013) in Illinois, eligibility for the "Seniors Ride Free" along with the "Persons With Disabilities Ride Free" and the "License Plate Discount" benefit (license plate fee reduced by $75) can still be accessed and will be determined by filing the new "Benefit Access Application" (BAA).
- You must be 65 years or older by December 31 of the current year or be 16 years of age or older and totally disabled at the time you file
- You must reside in Illinois at the time you file this application
- Your income must be less than:
o $27,610 for a 1 person household
o $36,635 for a 2 person household
o $45,657 for a 3 or more person household
You will also need to provide your (and your spouse's, if applicable) correct social security number, date of birth, income from all sources and certain benefits received during the previous year.
This application must be filed on-line every other year (for example, if you file in 2013 you will not need to renew your application until 2015). There are NO PAPER APPLICATIONS for this new program! To make an appointment to receive assistance in filing on-line for Benefit Access please contact Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging at 309-793-6800 or the Rock Island County Senior Center at 309-788-6335. Counselors for the Senior Health Assistance Program and Senior Health Insurance Program are available at these facilities to assist you.
The Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging is a non-profit corporation created for the purpose of improving the quality of life for older Americans. The specific objectives of the agency are threefold: to enable older adults to live in their own homes as long as possible with appropriate supportive services; to remove individual and social barriers to economic and personal independence for older persons including the provision of opportunities for employment and volunteer activities; and to act as an advocate for older persons in developing community resources for older adults throughout the ten county area while providing a comprehensive service network. Counties included in the agency's service area are Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island, and Warren. E .O. E