Week for medication program announced

Week for medication program announced

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

At his weekly press conference Friday at the Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging, 2576 Charles St., Mayor Charles Box announced Gov. George Ryan’s proclamation that Jan. 8-14 was Pharmaceutical Assistance Week in Illinois.

Sen. Dave Syverson stated that the program increases the number of drugs that seniors can acquire with state assistance. “We made the tough financial decision to do this,” he remarked.

The Circuit Breaker/Pharmaceutical Assistance Program, initiated in 1999, increases the income eligibility level from $16,000 to $21,218 for a one-person household. Two people can earn $28,480, and a household of three can earn $35,740.

The initiative relief gives back some of the funds that qualified people pay in property taxes, rent, mobile home taxes or nursing home costs.

The program covers medications for heart, blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, glaucoma, lung disease, Parkinson’s disease and smoking-related diseases.

Janet Costello of the center stated that the program needs word-of-mouth advertising.

She noted that 12,000 people in Winnebago County, and 400,000 throughout Illinois can utilize the program.

For more information, call the help line at (800) 252-8966.

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