Lifescape to help older adults stretch limited resources

It is again time to reapply for Illinois Cares Rx (formerly Circuit Breaker). Eligible participants must file an application each year they wish to participate in Illinois Cares Rx. Those who currently receive Circuit Breaker pharmaceutical benefits MUST reapply every year to prevent any lapse in coverage. Lifescape Community Services can help.

What is Illinois Cares Rx? It’s a grant that can help pay for pharmaceutical assistance, property taxes and vehicle licenses. The requirements to take part in Illinois Cares Rx are: must be 65 years of age or older; total income in 2006 must be less than $21,218 if filing a single application; $28,480 if filing a joint application. Assets are not counted for this program.

Director of Program Services Sue Sklar said: “As the aging population continues to grow, the demand for assistance of completing these forms will only get larger. Increasing costs for goods and services, coupled with the fixed incomes of many seniors, makes it necessary for our clients to get financial assistance any way and anywhere they can. Lifescape wants to help as many older adults as possible to stretch those limited dollars.”

This year, the state has sent applications directly to those seniors who were on this program last year. Anyone needing help applying or having any questions can call the Lifescape office at (815) 963-1609. They are taking appointments on Mondays, April 9 and 23. Call today for an appointment time. There will be no walk-in clients accepted on these days.

from the April 4-10, 2007, issue

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