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91_SB1685 LRB9112943SMdv 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 or any 12 individual who will become 65 years old during the calendar 13 year in which a claim is filed, and any surviving spouse of 14 such a claimant, who at the time of death received or was 15 entitled to receive a grant pursuant to this Section, which 16 surviving spouse will become 65 years of age within the 24 17 months immediately following the death of such claimant and 18 which surviving spouse but for his or her age is otherwise 19 qualified to receive a grant pursuant to this Section, and 20 any disabled person whose annual household income is less 21 than $14,000 for grant years before the 1998 grant year and 22 less than $16,000 for the 1998 and 1999 grant years, and less 23 than $25,000 for a one-person household and less than $30,000 24 for a 2-person or more household for the 2000 grant year and 25 thereafter and whose household is liable for payment of 26 property taxes accrued or has paid rent constituting property 27 taxes accrued and is domiciled in this State at the time he 28 files his claim is entitled to claim a grant under this Act. 29 With respect to claims filed by individuals who will become 30 65 years old during the calendar year in which a claim is 31 filed, the amount of any grant to which that household is -2- LRB9112943SMdv 1 entitled shall be an amount equal to 1/12 of the amount to 2 which the claimant would otherwise be entitled as provided in 3 this Section, multiplied by the number of months in which the 4 claimant was 65 in the calendar year in which the claim is 5 filed. 6 (b) Limitation. Except as otherwise provided in 7 subsections (a) and (f) of this Section, the maximum amount 8 of grant which a claimant is entitled to claim is the amount 9 by which the property taxes accrued which were paid or 10 payable during the last preceding tax year or rent 11 constituting property taxes accrued upon the claimant's 12 residence for the last preceding taxable year exceeds 3 1/2% 13 of the claimant's household income for that year but in no 14 event is the grant to exceed (i) $700 less 4.5% of household 15 income for that year for those with a household income of 16 $14,000 or less or (ii) $70 if household income for that year 17 is more than $14,000
but less than $16,000. 18 (c) Public aid recipients. If household income in one 19 or more months during a year includes cash assistance in 20 excess of $55 per month from the Department of Public Aid or 21 the Department of Human Services (acting as successor to the 22 Department of Public Aid under the Department of Human 23 Services Act) which was determined under regulations of that 24 Department on a measure of need that included an allowance 25 for actual rent or property taxes paid by the recipient of 26 that assistance, the amount of grant to which that household 27 is entitled, except as otherwise provided in subsection (a), 28 shall be the product of (1) the maximum amount computed as 29 specified in subsection (b) of this Section and (2) the ratio 30 of the number of months in which household income did not 31 include such cash assistance over $55 to the number twelve. 32 If household income did not include such cash assistance over 33 $55 for any months during the year, the amount of the grant 34 to which the household is entitled shall be the maximum -3- LRB9112943SMdv 1 amount computed as specified in subsection (b) of this 2 Section. For purposes of this paragraph (c), "cash 3 assistance" does not include any amount received under the 4 federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. 5 (d) Joint ownership. If title to the residence is held 6 jointly by the claimant with a person who is not a member of 7 his household, the amount of property taxes accrued used in 8 computing the amount of grant to which he is entitled shall 9 be the same percentage of property taxes accrued as is the 10 percentage of ownership held by the claimant in the 11 residence. 12 (e) More than one residence. If a claimant has occupied 13 more than one residence in the taxable year, he may claim 14 only one residence for any part of a month. In the case of 15 property taxes accrued, he shall pro rate 1/12 of the total 16 property taxes accrued on his residence to each month that he 17 owned and occupied that residence; and, in the case of rent 18 constituting property taxes accrued, shall pro rate each 19 month's rent payments to the residence actually occupied 20 during that month. 21 (f) There is hereby established a program of 22 pharmaceutical assistance to the aged and disabled which 23 shall be administered by the Department in accordance with 24 this Act, to consist of payments to authorized pharmacies, on 25 behalf of beneficiaries of the program, for the reasonable 26 costs of covered prescription drugs. Each beneficiary who 27 pays $40 for an identification card shall pay the first $15 28 of prescription costs each month. Each beneficiary who pays 29 $80 for an identification card shall pay the first $25 of 30 prescription costs each month. In addition, after a 31 beneficiary receives $800 in benefits during a State fiscal 32 year, that beneficiary shall also be charged 20% of the cost 33 of each prescription for which payments are made by the 34 program during the remainder of the fiscal year. To become a -4- LRB9112943SMdv 1 beneficiary under this program a person must be: (1) (i) 65 2 years or older, or (ii) the surviving spouse of such a 3 claimant, who at the time of death received or was entitled 4 to receive benefits pursuant to this subsection, which 5 surviving spouse will become 65 years of age within the 24 6 months immediately following the death of such claimant and 7 which surviving spouse but for his or her age is otherwise 8 qualified to receive benefits pursuant to this subsection, or 9 (iii) disabled, and (2) is domiciled in this State at the 10 time he files his or her claim, and (3) has a maximum 11 household income of less than $14,000 for grant years before 12 the 1998 grant year and less than $16,000 for the 1998 and 13 1999 grant years, and less than $25,000 for a one-person 14 household and less than $30,000 for a 2-person or more 15 household for the 2000 grant year and thereafter. In 16 addition, each eligible person must (1) obtain an 17 identification card from the Department, (2) at the time the 18 card is obtained, sign a statement assigning to the State of 19 Illinois benefits which may be otherwise claimed under any 20 private insurance plans, (3) present the identification card 21 to the dispensing pharmacist. 22 Any person otherwise eligible for pharmaceutical 23 assistance under this Act whose covered drugs are covered by 24 any public program for assistance in purchasing any covered 25 prescription drugs shall be ineligible for assistance under 26 this Act to the extent such costs are covered by such other 27 plan. 28 The fee to be charged by the Department for the 29 identification card shall be equal to $40 for persons below 30 the official poverty line as defined by the United States 31 Department of Health and Human Services and $80 for all other 32 persons. 33 In the event that 2 or more persons are eligible for any 34 benefit under this Act, and are members of the same -5- LRB9112943SMdv 1 household, (1) each such person shall be entitled to 2 participate in the pharmaceutical assistance program, 3 provided that he or she meets all other requirements imposed 4 by this subsection and (2) each participating household 5 member contributes the fee required for that person by the 6 preceding paragraph for the purpose of obtaining an 7 identification card. Persons eligible for any benefit under 8 this Act due to become 65 in calendar year 1984 or any 9 subsequent calendar year in which a claim is filed are 10 excluded from the benefit prescribed in this subsection (f) 11 for the calendar year in which they become 65. 12 (Source: P.A. 90-650, eff. 7-27-98; 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.) 13 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 14 becoming law.
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