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Medicare brochure or publication:
Illinois Insurance Facts Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage and Illinois Cares Rx

source:Office of the Illinois Attorney General
2 pg.   languages: English
Abstract: Beginning January 1, 2006, the new voluntary Medicare prescription drug coverage, sometimes called Medicare Part D, will be available to people with Medicare. Medicare prescription drug plans may vary, but like other insurance, enrollees will pay a monthly premium and a share of the prescription drug costs. Extra help will be available to people with limited resources.
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Medicare brochure or publication:
What is Illinois Cares Rx?
source:Illinois Department on Aging
file size: 103Kb; 2 pg.   languages: English
The state programs, SeniorCare and the pharmaceutical portion of Circuit Breaker will be joined, NOT ELIMINATED to form Illinois Cares Rx, a new program to help pay the costs that Medicare does not.
 
more from Illinois Department on Aging:
Medicare Web Page:
Agencies & Organizations Serving Seniors
"This is a directory of agencies, organizations and support groups serving Illinois seniors and their caregivers. "
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Medicare Web Page:
IllinoisCares Rx: Internet Filing for 2007 will be available Early February
languages: English
"Illinois Cares Rx provides state prescription assistance to people with and without Medicare."
 
more from IllinoisCares Rx:
Medicare brochure or publication:
Illinois Cares Rx Booklet and Application
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Medicare Web Page:
Why You Need Medicare Supplement Insurance

source:Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
languages: English
Medicare basics"
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Medicare Web Page:
Medicare Part B Premiums to Increase in 2007

source:U.S. Railroad Retirement Board
languages: English
(from Chicago, Illinois) "The standard Medicare Part B monthly premium will be $93.50 in January 2007, an increase of $5.00 from the 2006 premium of $88.50..."
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Medicare Web Page:
Medicare Advantage Plans Shopping Guide (formerly known as Medicare+Choice plans)

source: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
languages: English
(March 2004) "Medicare Advantage plans (formerly known as Medicare+Choice plans) are alternative systems of health care that combine delivery of care and payment to promote cost-effective health care. While this may lower costs for members, it may also place restrictions on their health care"
 
more from Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Insurance:

Medicare Web Page:
Medicare Supplement Premium Comparison Guide for 2006
languages: English
"The following guides are in PDF format. Click on the link below or on the appropriate map region to the right to download the version for your area..."

Medicare Web Page:
Getting Off to a Good Start with Medicare
languages: English
"What you need to know and do as you near your 65th birthday ..."

Medicare brochure or publication:
Senior Health Insurance Program - 2006 Prescription Drug Information Guide
languages: English
"The cost of prescription medications can be overwhelming for people on a fixed income. This guide may give you some ideas on how to cut the cost of your prescription drugs...."
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Medicare Web Page:
Learn about your Illinois benefits

source:Illinois Benefits :: Pharmaceutical Assistance in Illinois
languages: English
from the Illinois Department on Aging - "Answers to questions about Medicare... plus Frequently Asked Questions page for a list of questions about Extra Help paying for your Medicare drug coverage and Illinois Cares Rx"
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Medicare Web Page:
HFS 3757 Medicare Savings for Qualified Beneficiaries

source:Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
languages: English
"Learn about state of Illinois programs that can save you money ...Many Illinoisans with Medicare can save up to $938.40 each year by participating in Medicare cost sharing programs. These programs may pay for Medicare premiums. "
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Medicare Web Page:
(Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder

source:Medicare: The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare
languages: English
Find and compare plans for all states, including Illinois Medicare Prescription Drug plans
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Medicare brochure or publication:
Lanscape: 2007 Illinois Stand-Alone Prescription Drug Plans

source:CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
file size:3 pg.   languages: English  date:2007
Companies, insurers, health care providers approved to offer Medicare Stand Alone Prescription Drug Plans in Illinois."




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