Illinois’ Broken Budget Results in Cancellation Public Prescription Assistance Program

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Associated Press Robert Ray reports: Illinois is a state in severe financial distress-one program being slashed aids low-income seniors and disabled. Thousands will be left to financial and health ruin on September 1.

Joyce Pennington, a disabled senior, supports herself on $24,000 per year from social security and a small pension.

NOTICE OF TERMINATION OF ILLINOIS CARES RX BENEFIT
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Thousands of people in Illinois received a letter of notification of cancellation of their enrollment in Illinois’ Public Prescription Assistance Program.

Joyce Pennington and about 43,000 other elderly and disabled will see their prescription aid coverage end on September 1, 2011.

Can she find drugs from a pharmacy at lower cost? Can she eliminate any of the drugs she is taking? Will other agencies or charities come to her rescue?

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