Seniors can get help with applying for new Benefit Access Program

ROBERTS — The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department has scheduled several Senior Services Community Days to assist senior citizens and the disabled with completing applications for the Benefit Access Program, formerly known as the Circuit Breaker Program.

Anyone 65 or older or who is over 16 years old and is disabled may be eligible for financial assistance through the program. Their income must be less than $27,610 for a one-person household or $36,635 for a two-person household. Those qualifying for the program will receive a discount on their license plate sticker for one vehicle. 

To enroll, a form must be completed electronically. During the upcoming Senior Services Community Days, Jeanne Brown, the health department’s senior information specialist, will be available to help complete applications. Internet applications may be accessed at www.state.il.us/aging.  

The dates and locations of the Senior Services Community Days are:

— Monday, Feb. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Happy Days Diner in Roberts.

— Friday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Moyer District Library in Gibson City.

— Tuesday, Feb. 19, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Melvin Public Library.

— Thursday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Piper City Public Library.

— Tuesday, March 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sibley Senior Center in Sibley.

Assistance is also available by appointment on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gibson City Telecare Office. Help is also available by appointment on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department office in Paxton. To make an apointment, call 379-9281.

Individuals should bring proof of their 2012 income, Social Security card and one additional form of identification. Applications will only need to be completed every two years.  

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