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91_HB4128 LRB9112187SMdv 1 AN ACT to amend the Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons 2 Property Tax Relief and Pharmaceutical Assistance Act by 3 changing Section 4. 4 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 5 represented in the General Assembly: 6 Section 5. The Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons 7 Property Tax Relief and Pharmaceutical Assistance Act is 8 amended by changing Section 4 as follows: 9 (320 ILCS 25/4) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 404) 10 Sec. 4. Amount of Grant. 11 (a) In general. Any individual 65 years or older (for 12 calendar years before 2000) or 55 years or older (for 13 calendar years 2000 and thereafter) or any individual who 14 will become 65 years old (for calendar years before 2000) or 15 55 years old (for calendar years 2000 and thereafter) during 16 the calendar year in which a claim is filed, and any 17 surviving spouse of such a claimant, who at the time of death 18 received or was entitled to receive a grant pursuant to this 19 Section, which surviving spouse will become 65 years of age 20 (for calendar years before 2000) or 55 years of age (for 21 calendar years 2000 and thereafter) within the 24 months 22 immediately following the death of such claimant and which 23 surviving spouse but for his or her age is otherwise 24 qualified to receive a grant pursuant to this Section, and 25 any disabled person whose annual household income is less 26 than $14,000 for grant years before the 1998 grant year,
and27 less than $16,000 for the 1998 and 1999 grant years, and less 28 than $20,000 for the 2000 grant year and thereafter and whose 29 household is liable for payment of property taxes accrued or 30 has paid rent constituting property taxes accrued and is 31 domiciled in this State at the time he files his claim is -2- LRB9112187SMdv 1 entitled to claim a grant under this Act. Beginning January 2 1, 2001, the amount of the household income of the applicant 3 shall be subject to annual adjustments equal to the 4 percentage of increase in the previous calendar year in the 5 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for all items 6 published by the United States Department of Labor. With 7 respect to claims filed by individuals who will become 65 8 years old (for calendar years before 2000) or 55 years old 9 (for calendar years 2000 and thereafter) during the calendar 10 year in which a claim is filed, the amount of any grant to 11 which that household is entitled shall be an amount equal to 12 1/12 of the amount to which the claimant would otherwise be 13 entitled as provided in this Section, multiplied by the 14 number of months in which the claimant was 65 (for calendar 15 years before 2000) or 55 (for calendar years 2000 and 16 thereafter) in the calendar year in which the claim is filed. 17 (b) Limitation. Except as otherwise provided in 18 subsections (a) and (f) of this Section, the maximum amount 19 of grant which a claimant is entitled to claim is the amount 20 by which the property taxes accrued which were paid or 21 payable during the last preceding tax year or rent 22 constituting property taxes accrued upon the claimant's 23 residence for the last preceding taxable year exceeds 3 1/2% 24 of the claimant's household income for that year but in no25 event is the grant to exceed (i) $700 less 4.5% of household26 income for that year for those with a household income of27 $14,000 or less or (ii) $70 if household income for that year28 is more than $14,000 but less than $16,000. 29 (c) Public aid recipients. If household income in one 30 or more months during a year includes cash assistance in 31 excess of $55 per month from the Department of Public Aid or 32 the Department of Human Services (acting as successor to the 33 Department of Public Aid under the Department of Human 34 Services Act) which was determined under regulations of that -3- LRB9112187SMdv 1 Department on a measure of need that included an allowance 2 for actual rent or property taxes paid by the recipient of 3 that assistance, the amount of grant to which that household 4 is entitled, except as otherwise provided in subsection (a), 5 shall be the product of (1) the maximum amount computed as 6 specified in subsection (b) of this Section and (2) the ratio 7 of the number of months in which household income did not 8 include such cash assistance over $55 to the number twelve. 9 If household income did not include such cash assistance over 10 $55 for any months during the year, the amount of the grant 11 to which the household is entitled shall be the maximum 12 amount computed as specified in subsection (b) of this 13 Section. For purposes of this paragraph (c), "cash 14 assistance" does not include any amount received under the 15 federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. 16 (d) Joint ownership. If title to the residence is held 17 jointly by the claimant with a person who is not a member of 18 his household, the amount of property taxes accrued used in 19 computing the amount of grant to which he is entitled shall 20 be the same percentage of property taxes accrued as is the 21 percentage of ownership held by the claimant in the 22 residence. 23 (e) More than one residence. If a claimant has occupied 24 more than one residence in the taxable year, he may claim 25 only one residence for any part of a month. In the case of 26 property taxes accrued, he shall pro rate 1/12 of the total 27 property taxes accrued on his residence to each month that he 28 owned and occupied that residence; and, in the case of rent 29 constituting property taxes accrued, shall pro rate each 30 month's rent payments to the residence actually occupied 31 during that month. 32 (f) There is hereby established a program of 33 pharmaceutical assistance to the aged and disabled which 34 shall be administered by the Department in accordance with -4- LRB9112187SMdv 1 this Act, to consist of payments to authorized pharmacies, on 2 behalf of beneficiaries of the program, for the reasonable 3 costs of covered prescription drugs. Each beneficiary who 4 pays $40 for an identification card shall pay the first $15 5 of prescription costs each month. Each beneficiary who pays 6 $80 for an identification card shall pay the first $25 of 7 prescription costs each month. In addition, after a 8 beneficiary receives $800 in benefits during a State fiscal 9 year, that beneficiary shall also be charged 20% of the cost 10 of each prescription for which payments are made by the 11 program during the remainder of the fiscal year. To become a 12 beneficiary under this program a person must be: (1) (i) 65 13 years or older (for calendar years before 2000) or 55 years 14 or older (for calendar years 2000 and thereafter), or (ii) 15 the surviving spouse of such a claimant, who at the time of 16 death received or was entitled to receive benefits pursuant 17 to this subsection, which surviving spouse will become 65 18 years of age (for calendar years before 2000) or 55 years of 19 age (for calendar years 2000 and thereafter) within the 24 20 months immediately following the death of such claimant and 21 which surviving spouse but for his or her age is otherwise 22 qualified to receive benefits pursuant to this subsection, or 23 (iii) disabled, and (2) is domiciled in this State at the 24 time he files his or her claim, and (3) has a maximum 25 household income of less than $14,000 for grant years before 26 the 1998 grant year, andless than $16,000 for the 1998 and 27 1999 grant years, and less than $20,000 for the 2000 grant 28 year and thereafter. Beginning January 1, 2001, the amount of 29 the household income of the applicant shall be subject to 30 annual adjustments equal to the percentage of increase in the 31 previous calendar year in the Consumer Price Index for All 32 Urban Consumers for all items published by the United States 33 Department of Labor. In addition, each eligible person must 34 (1) obtain an identification card from the Department, (2) at -5- LRB9112187SMdv 1 the time the card is obtained, sign a statement assigning to 2 the State of Illinois benefits which may be otherwise claimed 3 under any private insurance plans, (3) present the 4 identification card to the dispensing pharmacist. 5 Any person otherwise eligible for pharmaceutical 6 assistance under this Act whose covered drugs are covered by 7 any public program for assistance in purchasing any covered 8 prescription drugs shall be ineligible for assistance under 9 this Act to the extent such costs are covered by such other 10 plan. 11 The fee to be charged by the Department for the 12 identification card shall be equal to $40 for persons below 13 the official poverty line as defined by the United States 14 Department of Health and Human Services and $80 for all other 15 persons. 16 In the event that 2 or more persons are eligible for any 17 benefit under this Act, and are members of the same 18 household, (1) each such person shall be entitled to 19 participate in the pharmaceutical assistance program, 20 provided that he or she meets all other requirements imposed 21 by this subsection and (2) each participating household 22 member contributes the fee required for that person by the 23 preceding paragraph for the purpose of obtaining an 24 identification card. Persons eligible for any benefit under 25 this Act due to become (i) 65 in calendar year 1984 or any 26 subsequent calendar year before 2000, or (ii) 55 in calendar 27 year 2000 or any subsequent calendar year in which a claim 28 is filed are excluded from the benefit prescribed in this 29 subsection (f) for the calendar year in which they become 65 30 (for calendar years before 2000) or 55 (for calendar years 31 2000 and thereafter). 32 (Source: P.A. 90-650, eff. 7-27-98; 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.) 33 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect on -6- LRB9112187SMdv 1 January 1, 2001.
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