Full Text of HB6178 97th General Assembly
HB6178 97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2011 and 2012
Introduced , by Rep. Naomi D. Jakobsson
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Seniors Pharmaceutical Assistance Relief Program Act.
Provides that it is the purpose of this Act to ensure that the State's
senior population has access to affordable prescription drugs. Requires the
Department of Healthcare and Family Services, beginning July 1, 2012, to
establish and administer a Seniors Pharmaceutical Assistance Relief
Program with the cooperation of local area agencies on aging. Contains
provisions concerning eligibility standards; application standards; and
rulemaking. Effective July 1, 2012.
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AN ACT concerning public aid.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Seniors Pharmaceutical Assistance Relief Program Act.
It is the purpose of this Act to ensure
that the State's senior population has access to affordable
Creation of program.
Beginning July 1, 2012,
the Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall
establish and administer a pharmacy assistance program
entitled the Seniors Pharmaceutical Assistance Relief Program.
Local area agencies on aging shall cooperate with the
Department in this endeavor.
To become a beneficiary under the
Program established under this Act, a person must:
(1) Be 65 years of age or older.
(2) Be domiciled in this State.
(3) Have income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty
(4) Apply for federal Extra Help (Low-Income Subsidy) under
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Medicare Part D.
(5) Have maximum household assets of $13,070 if single, or
$26,120 if married.
Future asset limitations established by the Department
under this Program shall be updated, if necessary, to match the
asset limitations set under the federal Extra Help (Low-Income
benefits under the Program shall be submitted electronically to
the local Area Agency on Aging. Applications must be filed
during the time period prescribed by the Department.
The Department may adopt rules regarding
applications, counting of income, the type of prescription
drugs covered, and any other rules necessary for the
cost-efficient operation of the Program established under this
This Act takes effect July 1,