About 20 percent of seniors and people with disabilities will lose prescription drug coverage because of cuts in the Illinois state budget.
State officials are sending letters to 43,000 participants saying they won't qualify for "Illinois Cares Rx" as of Sept. 1. Those who are still enrolled will pay more out of pocket for their prescriptions.
Mike Claffey is spokesman for the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. He says the program had to be trimmed because of budget cuts. But he says the program still offers "significant help" to participants.