Circuit Breaker and Pharmaceutical Assistance Program
Changes Effective January 1, 2022
Income eligibility increases from $16,000 per household to:
- less than $21,218 for a one-person household,
- less than $28,480 for a two-person household, or
- less than $35,740 for a three-person or larger household.
Prescription medication coverage is expanded to cover treatment
illnesses (in addition to the current coverage for heart and blood
pressure disease, arthritis, and diabetes)
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Parkinson's Disease
- Lung disease and smoking-related illnesses
Other Program Changes
For additional information or applications, visit the Illinois
Department of Revenue's website at or our website at www.ssic.org.
- Annual cost of pharmaceutical coverage is reduced from $40 to $5 for
individuals below the poverty level and from $80 to $25 for
individuals above the poverty level.
- The $15 monthly deductible for individuals below the poverty level
is eliminated and the $25 monthly deductible for individuals above the
poverty level becomes a $3 per prescription co-payment.
- The annual cap has been raised from $800 to $2,000 per year. (After
that, participants pay 20 percent of prescription costs.)
- An individual can be eligible for pharmaceutical assistance in the
calendar year in which they turn 65.
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