Senior Health Assistance Program
CSFA Number: 402-00-1453
Agency Name
Department On Aging (402)
Agency Identification
Agency Contact
Jose Jimenez
217 785-3353
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
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
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
SHAP2012CHICAGO CITY OF07/01/201906/30/2020338,431
BAA2012CHICAGO CITY OF07/01/201906/30/2020336,770
SHAP2002NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS AREA07/01/201906/30/2020294,046
SHAP2013AGEOPTIONS INC07/01/201906/30/2020291,626
SHAP2005EAST CENTRAL IL AREA AGENCY07/01/201906/30/2020126,864