Food Stamps: In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Illinois and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $13,284 if one person lives in the household; $17,808 if two people live in the household; $22,332 if three people live in the household; $26,856 if four people live in the household; $31,380 if five people live in the household; $35,904 if six people live in the household; $40,428 if seven people live in the household; or $44,952 if more than seven people live in the household. Contact the local Department of Human Services office where you live to apply for the Food Stamp Program. To locate the office nearest you, visit the website:www.dhs.state.il.us For more information, contact the DHS 24-Hour Telephone hotline:800 843-6154 Visit the USDA pre-screening tool at:www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/ Free or reduced breakfast or lunch program: To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child's school.A listing of your state's schools can be found here:www.isbe.net For more information on Illinois School Breakfast and Lunch, please visit www.isbe.net/nutrition Phone calls can be made to the Nutrition Programs and Support Services office toll-free to ask about Illinois School Breakfast and Lunch at: 800-545-7892
The WIC Program: Provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. To be fully eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must be determined by a health professional, at no cost, to be at nutritional risk (i.e., have certain medical-based or diet-based risk conditions). Please see the following Web Site for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility: www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapply/default.htm
For more information on Illinois WIC, please visit the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS):www.dhs.state.il.us. If you have questions about the WIC program call the Illinois DHS toll-free at:800-843-6154 HEALTH INSURANCE
All Kids Program: Is a complete healthcare program for every uninsured child in Illinois, regardless of medical conditions or income. For more information on All Kids, visit the website, www.allkids.com or call 1-866-ALL-KIDS. FamilyCare: Offers healthcare coverage to parents living with their children 18 years old or younger. FamilyCare also covers relatives who are caring for children in place of their parents. To find out if you’re eligible for FamilyCare benefits visit the website www.familycareillinois.com or call 1-866-ALL-KIDS.
The Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (ICHIP): Is a state program for all Illinois residents who are unable to obtain private health insurance coverage. You must pay premiums to participate in the plan.For information visit our website at www.chip.state.il.us or call our hotline at 1-866-851-2751. HFS Medical Benefits: May be available for individuals who are over the age of 65, blind or have a permanent disability. To qualify for HFS Medical, persons must live in Illinois and meet income and asset limits. Persons must also be U.S. citizens or qualified immigrants. To find out if you qualify visit www.health.illinois.gov
Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities (HBWD): Allows working individuals with a disability to pay a low monthly premium and receive full medical benefits. To find out if you’re eligible visit: www.hbwdillinois.com or call the HBWD Hotline at 1-800-226-0768.
Illinois Cares Rx: Created by the "No Senior Left Behind" law, Illinois Cares Rx helps people in need cover costs that are not included under the new Medicare Prescription Drug program.Additional information can be found at : www.illinoiscaresrx.com Senior Health Insurance Programs:800-548-9034 Senior Helpline:800-252-8966 Health benefits Hotline:800-226-0768 Illinois Cares Rx Plus: Adults 65 years of age or older who:are U.S. citizens or qualified immigrants; have a total annual income of no more than $24,891 ($33,487 for couples).If you qualify, Illinois Cares Rx Plus covers almost all prescription drugs. Illinois Cares Rx Basic: Will cover prescription drugs that treat: Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease and its related conditions, HIV/AIDS (if eligible for Medicare), lung disease and smoking-related illnesses, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and Parkinsons disease for qualified adults 65 years of age or older or people with disabilities aged 16 and over.
SeniorCare Illinois: Administered by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, SeniorCare provides comprehensive pharmacy benefits to senior citizens whose income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. It covers almost all prescription drugs, including some over-the-counter drugs with a doctor’s prescription. For more information, link to www.seniorcareillinois.com Circuit Breaker Pharmaceutical Assistance: Administered by the Illinois Department on Aging, Circuit Breaker Pharmaceutical Assistance provides prescription drug coverage for specific diseases to low-income senior citizens and people with disabilities. Members are automatically enrolled in the Illinois Rx Buying Club, and they may also qualify for a property tax grant and a $54 discount on your license plates. For more information, visit:www.cbrx.il.gov or 800-624-2459 (for 24 hr. automated information). I-SaveRx: Developed for all Illinois residents without insurance, I-SaveRx allows consumers to purchase prescription drug refills in 3-month supplies from licensed, state-inspected and approved pharmacies in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Plans are underway to also allow importations from Australia and New Zealand. For more information, link to www.I-SaveRx.net Illinois Rx Buying Club: This program has no income requirement. For a $10 annual fee, senior citizens and people with disabilities can join and receive discounts on all prescription drugs approved by the FDA and available through participating pharmacies and a mail-order option. Circuit Breaker Pharmaceutical Assistance participants are automatically enrolled in this program. More information can be found at:www.illinoisrxbuyingclub.com INSURANCE PROGRAMS The Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS): is the state's lead agency for providing services to individuals with disabilities. DRS works in partnership with people with disabilities and their families to assist them in making informed choices to achieve full community participation through employment, education, and independent living opportunities. Visit the DRS website at www.dhs.state.il.us or call the DRS Hotlineat 1-800-843-6154. Moms & Babies: Is a program for pregnant women and their babies that pays for both outpatient and inpatient hospital services for women while they are pregnant, and for 60 days after the baby is born. It also pays for services to babies for the first year of the baby's life, if the mother was eligible for Moms & Babies when the baby is born. There are no co-payments or premiums in Moms & Babies. For more information call our Health Benefits Hotline 1-866-ALL-KIDS (1-866-255-5437) or visit the website www.allkids.com/pregnant.html#momsbabies Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility (MPE): Is a program for pregnant women that offers immediate, temporary coverage for outpatient health services to pregnant women who meet income requirements. There are no co-payments or premiums in MPE. Health Benefits Hotline1-866-ALL-KIDS (1-866-255-5437)or visit our Web site: www.allkids.com UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS Unemployment insurance: Benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Illinois' eligibility requirements. In order to establish your unemployment insurance claim, please visit an Illinois Employment & Training Center (IETC). To find the closest office in the IETC network, click on the following link: www.ides.state.il.us/ietc/network/index.asp
For more information on Unemployment benefits, please call:888-337-7234 The Illinois Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): Program provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent children. TANF provides financial assistance to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical. A person may apply for TANF at a local office that serves the area where they live. Use the DHS Office Locator to help find the nearest Family Community Resource Center: www.dhs.state.il.us To find more about Illinois TANF, please visit: www.dhs.state.il.us.You can also call the Illinois Department of Human Service (DHS) toll-free to make inquiries about TANF:800-843-6154 Or visit: www.ides.state.il.us
ENERGY ASSISTANCE The Illinois Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Is designed to assist eligible low income households pay for winter energy services. LIHEAP will provide a one-time benefit to eligible households to be used for energy bills. The amount of payment is determined by income, household size, fuel type, and geographic location.www.liheapillinois.comPublic inquires can also be toll-free:800-252-8643 Residents in central Illinois can call: 217-785-6135
To apply for weatherization services, contact the agency provider in your area. For the list of agency providers or for instructions on the application process, go to: www.ildceo.net
The Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP): Is designed to help low income residents save fuel and money, while increasing the comfort of their homes. Its mission is to insulate the dwellings of low-income persons, particularly the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with a high energy burden, in order to conserve needed energy and to aid those persons least able to afford higher utility costs.
Illinois Housing Development Authority: Has resources available to struggling homeowners facing foreclosure.More information is available atwww.ihda.org Child Care Assistance: The Child Care Assistance Program provides low-income, working families with access to quality, affordable child care that allows them to continue working and contributes to the healthy, emotional and social development of the child. Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size, income and number of children in care.In addition to helping low-income, working families, the Child Care Assistance Program also serves: Families who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and participating in education & training in accordance with their responsibility and service plans (RSP); Teen parents seeking a high school degree or its equivalent; and/or Families not receiving TANF, who are pursuing additional education to improve their job opportunities.For more information, visit www.dhs.state.il or call 1-800-843-6154. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Senior Help-Line: Seniors can now call a single number if they have questions about services the state offers like hot-meal delivery or transportation services. They can be reached at 1-800-252-8966or: www.state.il.us/aging
Angel Food Ministries: Is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable high quality food to those in need. They are helping to ease the grocery burden on 500,000 families around the country each month.Generally, one unit of food assists in feeding a family of four for about one week for $30 or a single senior citizen for almost a month for $28. The food is all the same high quality one could purchase at a grocery store. There are no second-hand items, no damaged or out-dated goods, no dented cans without labels, no day-old breads and no produce that is almost too ripe. Also offered are specialty boxes such as steaks, chicken and pork. Many participants in this bonus program appreciate the expanded choices. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of units or bonus foods an individual can receive, and there are no applications to complete or qualifications to which participants must adhere. Angel Food Ministries also participates in the U.S. Food Stamp program, using the Off-Line Food Stamp Voucher system.Menus, pick-up locations and additional information can by found at www.angelfoodministries.com United Way 2-1-1 This is a free and confidential service that can provide assistance with the following: Basic Human Needs Resource: Food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance. Physical and Mental Health Resources: Medical information lines, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention, rehabilitation, health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare, maternal health, children’s health insurance programs. Employment Support: Unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance, education programs. Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities: Home health care, adult day care, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation, and homemaker services. Support for Children, Youth and Families: Quality childcare, Success by 6, after school programs, Head Start, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, protective services.
Free Prescription Discount Card:FamilyWize cards are distributed free of charge, nationwide, by the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership with participating United Ways.These discount cards offer savings of up to 30% or more at any of 55,000 participating pharmacies.For more information contact United Wayat 211 or visit www.familywize.org Phone:2-1-1 Website:www.211us.org Social Security: You can apply for retirement benefits online and also use the Retirement Estimator to calculate how much income you will receive depending on when you decide to retire.Applications should be made three months prior to retirement.Assistance with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs is also available.The website is www.socialsecurity.gov or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or 1-800-633-4227 for more information about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program.
The Healthwell Foundation: Helps with out-of-pocket expenses such as co-pays and insurance premiums for people with specific conditions. Phone:800-675-8416 Website:www.healthwellfoundation.org
Cancercare: Offers financial help for those with cancer of all ages.Assistance may include homecare, childcare, transportation, medical equipment and prescription. Phone:800-813-4673 Website:www.cancercare.org AND www.cancercarecopay.org
Caring Voice Coalition Road: Offers financial resources for insurance premiums, medications, and Medicare co-pay assistance for the following diseases:Huntington’s Disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Defiency, Chronic Granulomatous Disease. Phone:888-267-1440 Website:www.caringvoice.org
American Cancer Society: Some local offices offer prescription assistance among other assistance Phone:800-ACS-2345 Website:www.cancer.org
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Single Patient Investigational New Drug Program: Patients who are not eligible for a clinical trail and who are in an immediate medical crisis may be able to receive drugs that are not yet FDA-approved.Your doctor would have to apply to the FDA for permission to use the drug. Website:www.fda.gov/cder/cancer/singleIND.htm Hollyrod Foundation: Provides assistance in obtaining medications, treatments and therapies not covered by insurance.Also assistance obtaining adaptive equipment.Primarily for those with Parkinson’s disease. Phone:866-465-5976 Website:www.hollyrod.com
Caring Ambassador Lung Cancer Program: Provides a listing of Patient Assistance Programs and Pharmaceutical Company Patient Assistance Programs. Phone:503-632-9032 Website:www.lungcancercap.org The Brain Tumor Society: Financial assistance is given through the agency's BTS CARES Financial Assistance Program. This program provides supplementary financial assistance to individuals experiencing financial need. This program covers specific nonmedical costs related to a primary brain tumor diagnosis. Direct medical expenses are not covered. Phone: 1-800-770-8287 Website: www.tbts.org
National Brain Tumor Society: For patients of all ages with primary or metastatic brain tumors.Limited financial assistance for transportation, co-pay assistance, home care, child care and home adaptation. Phone:800-934-2873 Website:www.braintumor.org
Chronic Disease Fund: Helps underinsured patients with chronic disease, cancers or life-altering conditions obtain the expensive medications they need. Phone:(972) 712-0201 Website:www.cdfund.org The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Helps patients meet their health insurance or Medicare Plan B or D premiums or co-payment obligations. Phone:877-557-2672 Website:www.LLS.org/copay National Organization for Rare Disorders: Assists uninsured or under-insured individuals in securing life-saving or life-sustaining medications.Offers co-payment assistance for Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuira. Phone: 800-999-6673 (voicemail only) or 203-744-0100 Website:www.rarediseases.org
Patient Advocate Foundation Colorectal Care Line: Limited financial grant for transportation reimbursement, temporary lodging, child-care and food costs associated with out of town treatment. Phone:866-657-8634 Website:www.colorectalcareline.org
Sarcoma Alliance: Grants up to $1000 to reimburse medial and other expenses directly related to getting a second opinion from a sarcoma specialist. Phone:415-381-7236 Website:www.sarcomaalliance.org Co-Pay Relief: Helps with a variety of illnesses and conditions.Assists patients who cannot access the treatments they need due to out-of-pocket health care costs including deductibles and co-payments. Phone:866-512-3861 Website:www.copays.org Partnership for Prescription Assistance: Offers access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs.Includes assistance for the uninsured. Phone:888-477-2669 Website:www.pparx.org Patient Access Network Foundation: Helps with out-of-pocket expenses for 20 different chronic diseases. Phone:866-316-7263 Website:www.patientaccessnetwork.org Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief Program: Provides direct co-payment assistance for pharmaceutical products to insured patients who financially and medically qualify. Phone:866-512-3861 Website:www.copays.org Patient Services Incorporated: Provides health insurance premium assistance (including COBRA) and co-payment assistance for many conditions including asthma. Phone:800-366-7741 Website:www.uneedpsi.org
hRMA companies have long been worldwide leaders not only in pharmaceutical innovation, but also in philanthropic initiatives— and their long-standing patient assistance programs are especially helpful. This Directory, www.PPARx.org and 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669), further their goal of helping to make medicines available to those who need them. 3M Pharmaceuticals 3M Pharmaceuticals Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-328-0255 | F 1-651-733-6068 Abbott Laboratories Abbott Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-222-6885 | F 1-866-898-1473 Abbott Virology Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-222-6885 | F 1-866-483-1305 HUMIRA Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-448-6472 | F 1-866-323-0661 Ross Medical Nutritionals Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-222-6885 | F 1-866-483-1305 Ross Metabolic Formula and Elecare Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-222-6885 | F 1-866-483-1305 Zemplar Patient Assistance Program P 1-877-936-7527 | F 1-877-936-7528 Amgen Encourage Foundation® (Enbrel) P 1-888-436-2735 | F 1-888-508-8083 Safety Net Foundation for Kineret P 1-866-546-3738 | F 1-866-203-4926 Safety Net Foundation for Sensipar P 1-800-272-9376 | F 1-800-508-8090 Safety Net Program P 1-800-272-9376 | F 1-888-508-8090 Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Amylin Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-330-7647 Astellas Pharma US Inc. Prograf and Protopic Patient Assistance Programs P 1-800-477-6472 AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP AstraZeneca Foundation Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-424-3727 Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. Lovenox Reimbursement Services and Patient Assistance Program P 1-888-632-8607 | F 1-888-875-9951 Sanofi-Aventis Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-221-4025 Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation Bayer Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-998-9180 Nexavar REACH Program P 1-866-639-2827 Berlex Laboratories, Inc. Arch Foundation P 1-877-393-9071 Berlex Inc. Patient Assistance Program P 1-888-237-5394, option 6 | F 1-973-305-3545 Berlex Oncology Reimbursement Support Line P 1-800-321-4669 The Betaseron Foundation P 1-800-948-5777 | F 1-877-744-5615 Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Boehringer Ingelheim CARES Foundation, Inc. P 1-800-556-8317 | F 1-866-851-2827 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. P 1-800-736-0003 | F 1-800-736-1611 Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. (Abilify) P 1-800-736-0003 | F 1-800-598-5561 Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. (Oncology/Virology) P 1-800-736-0003 | F 1-866-694-2545 Celgene Corporation Patient Support Solutions P 1-888-423-5436, option 3 | F 1-800-822-2496 Centocor, Inc. Patient Assistance Program for Remicade P 1-866-489-5957 | F 1-866-489-5958 Cephalon, Inc. Actiq PAP P 1-888-337-2579 | F 1-240-632-3092 Gabitril PAP P 1-866-209-7589 | F 1-866-209-7596 Provigil PAP P 1-800-675-8415 Eisai Inc. Aciphex Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-523-5870 | F 1-800-526-6651 Aricept Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-226-2072 | F 1-800-226-2059 Fragmin Patient Assistance Program P 1-866-272-8804 | F 1-866-272-8805 Patients in Need (Zonegran) P 1-866-694-2550 | F 1-866-801-5631 Eli Lilly and Company Lilly Cares P 1-800-545-6962 Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Enzon Hotline for Abelcet, Depocyt and Oncaspar P 1-800-345-2252 Genzyme Corporation The Charitable Access Program (CAP) P 1-800-745-4447, ext. 16634 GlaxoSmithKline Bridges to Access P 1-866-728-4368 Commitment to Access P 1-866-265-6491
Johnson & Johnson Wound Management, A Division of Ethicon, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 McNeil Consumer and Specialty Pharmaceuticals Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 Merck and Co., Inc. ACT (Accessing Coverage Today) for EMEND P 1-866-363-6379 | F 1-866-363-6389 The Merck Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-727-5400 Merck Prescription Discount Card P 1-800-506-3725 The SUPPORT Program for Crixivan Reimbursement Support and Patient Assistance Services for Crixivan P 1-800-850-3430 Merck/Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals Merck/Schering-Plough Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-347-7503 Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. VELCADE Reimbursement Assistance Program P 1-866-835-2233 Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Clozaril Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Gleevac Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Novartis Oncology Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Novartis Patient Assistance Program for Transplant Patients P 1-800-277-2254 Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Sandostatin/Sandostatin LAR Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Visudyne Patient Assistance Program P 1-877-736-2778 Novo Nordisk Inc. Novo Nordisk Diabetes Patient Assistance Program P 1-866-310-7549 | F 1-908-429-8764 Novo Nordisk Hormone Therapy Patient Assistance Program P 1-866-668-6336 Ortho Biotech Products, L.P. DOXILine P 1-800-609-1083 | F 1-800-987-5572 ORTHOVISCline P 1-866-633-8472 | F 1-800-987-5572 PROCRITline P 1-800-553-3851 | F 1-800-987-5572 Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 Ortho Women’s Health & Urology, A Unit of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 OrthoNeutrogena, A Division of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 Pfizer Inc Pfizer Helpful Answers P 1-800-706-2400 Single point of access to all Pfizer programs Aricept Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-226-2072 | F 1-800-226-2059 Connection to Care P 1-800-707-8990 | F 1-866-470-1748 FirstRESOURCE (Oncology) P 1-877-744-5675 | F 1-800-708-3430 Fragmin Patient Assistance Program P 1-866-272-8804 | F 1-866-272-8805 Macugen Access Program P 1-866-272-8838 Meijer Free Antibiotics Amoxicillin, Cephalexin, SMZ-TMP, Ciproflaxacin, Penicillin VK, Ampicillin and Erythromycin. FREE prenatal vitamins are available at all Meijer stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Wal-Mart: $4 prescriptions for some generic drugs Kmart: $15 for 90-day supply of 184 generic prescriptions Publix: Has some FREE antibiotics and offers FREE prenatal vitamins Schnucks: Offers FREE generic oral antibiotics at all stores which are located in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Iowa.