Senior Health Assistance Program
CSFA Number: 402-00-1453
Agency Name
Department On Aging (402)
Agency Identification
733-40203-4900-0000
Agency Contact
Becky Dragoo
217-785-3361
Becky.Dragoo2@Illinois.Gov
Short Description
Tobacco Settlement Recovery Funds and federal grants funds have been earmarked for the Department to provide educational outreach and enrollment/application assistance on Medicare Part D drug plans, Social Security's Extra Help, Medicare Savings Programs, Seniors Free Transit Ride, Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride, and the Secretary of State's License Plate Discount Program through the network of Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers. The Area Agencies on Aging have funded approximately 150 Senior Information and Assistance Sites around the state to help older adults and family members learn about and apply for these federal and state public benefits. The Legislative mandate of the Senior Health Assistance Program (SHAP) is to provide information and assistance to older adults about available pharmaceutical assistance programs.
Subject Area
Government Services
Objectives and Goals
The Senior Health Assistance Program will assist older adults to maintain their health by linking them to Medicare Part D drug plans, Social Security’s Extra Help, Medicare Savings Programs. The Social Security’s Extra Help can save eligible older adults an average of $3,900. It helps pay for Medicare Part D monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments related to a Medicare prescription drug plan.
Additionally, Medical Savings Programs can assist eligible older adults to save up to $1,258 per year on the costs of their Medicare Part B premiums. Thus, the use of the funds are critical to the life, health and safety of older citizens of Illinois.
The Senior Health Assistance Program will assist older adults in maintaining their health, thereby preventing more expensive medical treatments, such as hospitalization. Thus, SHAP funds are in the best interests of the State of Illinois.
Types of Assistance
Cooperative Agreements
Uses and Restrictions
Provide information, assistance, and outreach services, counsel older adults and persons with disabilities, and conduct application assistance services for Medicare Part D, Extra Help, Medicare Savings Program, Seniors Free Transit Ride, Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride and Secretary of State's License Plate Discount Program.
Eligible Applicants
Other;
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Area Agency on Aging Policy and Procedure Manual
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $1,600,000
FY 2018 : $1,800,000
FY 2019 : $1,800,000
FY 2020 : $2,800,000
Federal Funding
None
Notice of Funding Opportunities
None
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
SHAP2112City of Chicago - 50 Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS)07/01/202006/30/2021370,900
BAA2112City of Chicago - 50 Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS)07/01/202006/30/2021338,029
SHAP2102Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging07/01/202006/30/2021298,216
SHAP2113AgeOptions07/01/202006/30/2021286,784
SHAP2105East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, Inc.07/01/202006/30/2021129,554