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[JAN. 20, 2005]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Department on Aging Director Charles D. Johnson is reminding senior citizens and the disabled that its time to apply for the state's Circuit Breaker Pharmaceutical Assistance Program.

"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 online at 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."

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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, visit or call the Department on Aging's Senior HelpLine, (800) 252-8966.

[Illinois Department on Aging news release]


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