Former Illinois Cares RX beneficiaries have had to struggle with the unrelenting summer heat and the loss of the state prescription drug plan.
As you know, starting July 1, 2012, these individuals are now responsible for paying their plan premium and higher co-pays for their prescriptions at the pharmacy. Two options currently available to former Illinois Cares Rx members are as follows:
1. File a Low Income Subsidy Application (also known as Extra Help) to see if one may qualify for prescription help from the federal government;
2. Choose a different Medicare Part “D” plan: either a stand-alone plan or a Medicare Advantage plan from June 1, 2012 until August 31, 2012.
The prescription drug plans for year 2013 will be eligible for viewing the first week of October. I encourage everyone to schedule a time to review the plans and choose the right plan for your needs. The fall enrollment period will be from October 15 to December 7 with the new plans becoming effective Jan 1, 2013. For assistance in any way, including all the above options, please feel free to contact me at 344-7788 or

Kay Curtis Answers on Aging Specialist