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SeniorCare renewal deadline Sept. 30

[AUG. 27, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Department on Aging Director Charles D. Johnson is reminding senior citizens to reapply for the state's SeniorCare program. SeniorCare allows low-income residents age 65 and older to purchase prescription medication.

SeniorCare participants who did not meet the original deadline date on June 30 were given a 90-day grace period, which allowed them to continue prescription drug coverage. To keep that coverage, seniors must reapply as soon as possible. If a new application is not submitted, prescription coverage will end Sept. 30.

"It's very important that we get the word out and keep seniors enrolled in this great program. As of May 1, there were more than 22,000 people who had not reapplied for coverage," Johnson said. "We don't want them to be forced to choose between purchasing their prescriptions or paying their utility bills or putting food on the table."

Participants can renew their Circuit Breaker application online at They may also call toll-free 1 (800) 252-8966, voice and TTY, for assistance or an application booklet.

[Illinois Department on Aging
news release]

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