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Illinois Cares RX


Beginning in July 2012, the Illinois Cares Rx program was eliminated due to a lack of funding. The article below is for informational and reference purposes only, as you can no longer apply.

Those who have lost their Illinois Cares Rx coverage can contact their Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage program to find out if they qualify for a more affordable medication insurance plan.

Every person deserves access to good, affordable healthcare. No senior or person with a disability should have to worry about how to pay for the high cost of prescription drugs. Illinois Cares Rx provides state prescription drug assistance to people with and without Medicare. Illinois Cares Rx provides two prescription drug benefits: Illinois Cares Rx Plus and Illinois Cares Rx Basic.

Illinois Cares Rx Plus

All persons with Medicare who are:

• Single with an annual income less than $27,610; or
• Married with an annual income less than $36,635.

Or

Adults age 65 or older who do not have Medicare and:

• Single with an annual income less than $26,917; or
• Married with an annual income less than $36,212; and
• A citizen or qualified non-citizen.

Illinois Cares Rx Plus covers almost all prescription drugs.

Illinois Cares Rx Basic

Adults age 65 or older who do not have Medicare and have a total annual income of:

• More than $26,917 but less than $27,610 if you are filing an application for yourself; or
• More than $36,212 but less than $36,635 if you filing an application for you and your spouse or one qualified additional resident; or
• Less than $45,657 if you are filing an application for you, your spouse and one other qualified additional resident or for you and at least two qualified additional residents.

Or

People who are disabled who do not have Medicare and have a total annual income of:

• Less than $27,610 if you are filing an application for yourself;
• Less than $36,635 if you filing an application for you and your spouse or one qualified additional resident; or
• Less than $45,657 if you are filing an application for you, your spouse and one other qualified additional resident or for you and at least two qualified additional residents.

Illinois Cares Rx Basic covers prescription drugs for the treatment of Alzheimers disease, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease and its related conditions, lung disease and smoking-related illnesses, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and Parkinsons disease.

All persons with Medicare are required to apply for “Extra Help” from Social Security (if you currently have “Extra Help” you do not need to reapply unless notified by the Social Security Administration to do so) and be in a coordinating Medicare drug plan to maximize benefits.

You may file an Extra Help Application on the Internet with the Social Security Administration; or you may obtain a form by calling: Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213, or Illinois Department on Aging Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966, 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).

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