Benefit Access Program Assistance Available

The Benefit Access Program (formerly Circuit Breaker) provides benefits for seniors and persons with disabilities, such as a fee discount on license plates and free rides on fixed-route transits. Eligibility is determined by age, disability, residency and income.

On Wednesdays, March 6 through May 1* (*previously Apr. 24, but has been extended one week), the Library will offer assistance in helping people sign up for this program. Here's what you need to know:

The Morton Public Library will have a SHIP Counselor and Central Illinois Agency on Aging volunteer to assist those individuals, who qualify, to apply for the Benefit Access Program. This Illinois program provides for a $75 license plate sticker discount and a Ride Free Transit Card. There is no charge for this service, but you must schedule an appointment by calling the library at 263-2200.

Eligibility requirements are:

  1. Illinois resident
  2. At least 65 or disabled
  3. Maximum income (including Social Security) of
    1. 1 person $27,610
    2. 2 persons $36,635
    3. 3 persons $45,657

This service will be available at the Morton Library on Wednesdays, March 6 – April 24, 2019.  Please call the Library at 263-2200 for information and to schedule an appointment. Approved license discount certificates are good for two years and renewals may be submitted beginning 90 days before the License Discount Certificate Expiration Date.

Please bring your social security card, 2017 Income Tax return (if one is filed), all 2017 1099’s and W-2’s to the appointment.  Applications filed before April 18, 2019 must use 2017 income information.  Applications filed after April 17, 2019 must use 2018 income data.