Circuit Breaker

Circuit Breaker Program

The Illinois Department on Aging’s Circuit Breaker program provides grants to senior citizens and persons with disabilities, to help them reduce the impact of taxes and prescription medications on their lives.  When the costs of property taxes and prescription medicines begin to “overload” our seniors and persons with disabilities, this program steps in to help, just as a circuit breaker prevents overloads in an electrical system.

For those who qualify, Circuit Breaker provides:


Tax Grants – If you pay property taxes on your home, or if you rent or live in a nursing, retirement or shelter care home that was subject to property taxes, you may be able to receive a grant up to $700

License Plate Discount - A $54 discount on your license plate fee.

People with Disabilities Ride Free – If you have a qualifying disability and meet the income eligibility requirements of the Circuit Breaker Program, you may be eligible for free rides on all fixed-route regularly scheduled buses, trains and public transit systems.

Prescription Drug Assistance -If you have Medicare, Illinois Cares Rx will help pay the costs that Medicare does not. If you do not have Medicare, Illinois Cares Rx provides two benefits:

Illinois Cares Rx Basic
Illinois Cares Rx Plus Income Limits - Circuit Breaker property tax grant/license plate discount and People with Disabilities Ride Free transit card:

$22,218 for a household of one
$29,480 for a household of two
$36,740 for a household of three

Illinois Cares Rx Basic:
$25,532 for a household of one
$33,877 for a household of two
$42,220 for a household of three

Illinois Cares Rx PLUS
$24,891 for a household of one
$33,487 for a household of two

Illinois Cares Rx AIDS Drug Assistance - Illinois Cares Rx provides an additional “wrap around” benefit for individuals who have Medicare and a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS. 

Contact Information - To apply for the Circuit Breaker program, call the Illinois Department on Aging at (800) 252-8966