Since the Illinois general assembly eliminated the Illinois Cares Rx program, seniors now have to pay their premiums for prescription drugs. Which is eating into their monthly income.
That is why having a credit on their power bill helps out. Especially when people are on a fixed income.
Carl Martin said, "I've been having it the last couple of years, last year and this year. It helps me out on my budget."
Leslie Stanberry, the Executive Director of the Decatur-Macon County Senior Center said, "a lot of seniors live check to check. . . so it helps a lot."
People have already been calling in and made sure their names are on the list. It is first come first serve bases and those on the list will have priority.
Stanberry added, regulars apply every year and count on the assistance.
The LIHEAP coordinator said, they work with Ameren and a local propane company.
State and federal funding for LIHEAP has been cut over the years, but what they get determines how many people they can provide for each year.
This is the second time DMCOC has been to the senior center in the last month, or so.
DMCOC occasionally provides cooling assistance, as well.
Thousands of low-income Decatur residents are saving money on their winter heating bill.
If you are eligible, the Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation and LIHEAP will pay a portion of your power bill. Along with other guidelines, some of it is based on your income. The assistance is a one time credit.