Senior Services

Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

If you are thinking of retiring and feeling completely confused about Medicare options, Vernon Township can help through the Senior Health Insurance Program. Contact the Township to set up an appointment to learn more about SHIP.

Other Programs

Benefits Check Up

Benefits Check Up from the National Council on Aging identifies federal and state programs that can help pay for medications, health care, food, utilities and more.


Use the Medicare Plan Finder to safely and securely help find the most cost effective prescription drug plan to fit your needs.

Illinois Department on Aging

Illinois Department on Aging offers programs designed to help the aging population live independently in their own homes and communities. This is also where the Benefit Access Program (formerly Circuit Breaker). Income eligible seniors and persons with disabilities can also apply for a license plate discount and ride free transit card (Ventra).

Social Security

Visit the official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration. Online services include applying for Social Security Benefits and Medicare. You may also request a replacement Social Security Card.

Illinois Department of Human Services

Income and asset eligible seniors can apply for SNAP benefits (formerly Food Stamps), medical and cost sharing program through the Illinois Department of Human Services.