"I urge seniors to get those
applications completed and turned in before they experience a lapse
in coverage," Johnson said. "Also, for those who are reapplying, I
suggest doing so
www.iltax.com. It's a lot faster."
The Circuit Breaker Pharmaceutical
Assistance Program provides coverage for low-income senior citizens
and the disabled on medications used to treat Alzheimer's disease,
arthritis, cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, heart and blood pressure
problems, lung disease and smoking-related illnesses, multiple
sclerosis, osteoporosis, and Parkinson's disease. The program also
offers grants for tax relief and a $54 discount on license plates.
"One thing that is changing with
Circuit Breaker is where individuals can go for help," Johnson
explained. "This includes providing assistance with filling out
pharmaceutical assistance applications."
[to top of second column in this
Last year, the Circuit Breaker
Pharmaceutical Assistance Program was moved from the Department of
Revenue to the Department on Aging. On Jan. 1, 2005, the transition
was completed when the Department of Revenue officially relinquished
its remaining responsibilities involved with operating the program.
Participants may now get help at their local Senior Health
Assistance Program office.
For more information or assistance,
or call the Department on Aging's Senior HelpLine, (800) 252-8966.
Department on Aging news release]