(320 ILCS 55/35)
Sec. 35. Program eligibility.
(a) Any person may apply to the Department or its program administrator for participation in the program in the form and manner required by the Department. The Department or its program administrator shall determine the eligibility of each applicant for the program within 30 days after the date of application. To participate in the program an eligible Illinois resident whose application has been approved must pay the fee determined by the Director upon enrollment and annually thereafter and shall receive a program identification card. The card may be presented to an authorized pharmacy to assist the pharmacy in verifying eligibility under the program. If the Department is the program administrator, the Department shall deposit the enrollment fees collected into the Illinois Prescription Drug Discount Program Fund. If the program administrator is a contracted vendor, the vendor may collect the enrollment fees and must report all such collected enrollment fees to the Department on a regular basis. The enrollment fees deposited into the Illinois Prescription Drug Discount Program Fund must be separately accounted for by the Department. If 2 or more persons are eligible for any benefit under this Act and are members of the same household, each participating household member shall apply and pay the fee required for the purpose of obtaining an identification card. To participate in the program, an applicant must (i) be a resident of Illinois and (ii) have household income equal to or less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level.
(b) Proceeds from annual enrollment fees shall be used to offset the administrative cost of this Act. The Department may reduce the annual enrollment fee by rule if the revenue from the enrollment fees is in excess of the costs to carry out the program.
(Source: P.A. 94-86, eff. 1-1-06; 94-91, eff. 7-1-05; 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)
Last modified: February 18, 2015