AABD

Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD) is a program that provides cash and medical benefits to an individual who meets eligibility requirements. A person who meets nonfinancial eligibility requirements and has sufficient income to meet basic needs may qualify to receive medical benefits only.

AABD(A)

References the "Aged" program under AABD. AABD(A) customers are identified with a category designator of 01. AABD(A) customers who receive only medical benefits are identified by a category designator of 91.

AABD(B)

References the "Blind" program under AABD. AABD(B) customers are identified with a category designator of 02. AABD(B) customers who receive only medical benefits are identified by a category designator of 92.

AABD(D)

References the "Disabled" program under AABD. AABD(D) customers are identified with a category designator of 03. AABD(D) customers who receive only medical benefits are identified by a category designator of 93.

accounts receivable

The part of the Key Information Delivery System (FSIS) used to record charges, payments, and adjustments for a specific child support order. More than one account may exist for each benefit unit. For example, a mother who has been married twice and who has 2 children by one father and 3 children by a 2nd father, will have 2 support accounts if there are support orders for each set of children. If the children were born in a non-marital relationship, there will be one account per child.

ACID

ACID is the acronym for the Automated Client Information Data; a part of the DHS computer system. ACID provides the most current information about a benefit unit. It provides cash, medical, and SNAP histories for the most recent 24 months. The inquiry is available by computer terminal.

acknowledged father

A man who signed a statement saying he is the father of a child, but for whom a legal relationship to the child has not been established. (For TANF purposes, this man is considered a parent).

adjudicated father

A man found to be the legal father of a child by a court ruling or administrative order.

adjudication of paternity

The formal finding that the alleged father in a paternity case is the biological father of a child born out-of-wedlock.

administrative order

A support order established through an administrative process, instead of by the court. An administrative order may be filed for an active child support case when an Illinois court has never been involved in the case and:

  1. the child's parents are married to each other and support is sought from one or both of them; or
  2. the child's parents were not married to each other when the child was born and support is sought from the mother.

Any support order set up by another state may be registered and entered as an Illinois administrative order. An Administrative Order for Withholding is entered at the same time with an Administrative Order for Support.

administrative process

A process by which someone other than the court sets up, modifies, and enforces support orders in active child support cases. In Illinois, it is the DCSS. This can only be done when an Illinois court has not been involved in the case or issued its own order.

new textAdvance Payment of Premium Tax Credits (APTC)

Rebates paid directly to an insurer on a monthly basis to reduce the cost of a person's insurance. This is how the purchase of private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace is subsidized.

AFDC

Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC) was a state-managed program that provided cash and medical benefits to needy families who had dependent children and who met eligibility requirements. The AFDC program was replaced by the TANF program effective 07/01/97.

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agency error (AE)

Overpaid SNAP that happened because DHS took an incorrect action. It is an AE even in a month where the overpayment was due to both agency and client error. An agency error may result from not acting on a reported change, incorrectly figuring the SNAP unit's benefit amount, issuing duplicate benefits, or continuing to issue SNAP benefits to a SNAP unit whose approval period ended. An AE may also occur when the SNAP unit did not understand their rights or what to report because of a language barrier, or a reading or understanding problem due to illiteracy or mental impairment.

AIS

revised textThis abbreviation refers to the Automated Intake System, a legacy system for processing applications. 

All Kids

Medical programs for pregnant women and persons under 19. There are 5 All Kids Programs: Moms and Babies, All Kids Assist, All Kids Share, All Kids Premium, and All Kids Rebate.

All Kids Application Agent

A provider who has an agreement with HFS to help identify children and pregnant women who are potentially eligible for All Kids. They complete and submit All Kids applications to the HFS All Kids Unit. They are paid for each completed application which results in at least one person who is eligible for All Kids.

All Kids Assist

Medical assistance (category 94 or 96) for children whose income is above the Family Assist income standard, but equal to or less than the All Kids Assist Standard.

All Kids Premium

Program that provides medical benefits to persons under 19 ineligible for Medicaid with income greater than 150% of the FPL but equal to or less than 185% of the FPL.

All Kids Rebate

Program that reimburses policyholders for the cost of health insurance paid for children ineligible for Medicaid whose income is greater than 133% of the FPL but equal to or less than 185% of the FPL.

All Kids Share

Program that provides medical benefits to persons under 19 ineligible for Medicaid with income greater than 133% of the Federal Poverty Level but equal to or less than 150% of the FPL.

alleged father

The man who is said to be the father of a child, when he and the mother were not legally married to each other when the child was conceived or born and his paternity has not been legally established.

allocated support

An amount specified for each child when support is earmarked. May also be the amount of support specified for each child in the support order.

AMIN

AMIN is the acronym for the "medical eligibility file" in the DHS computer system. This inquiry system provides the medical eligibility status for each DHS customer. Access to the inquiry system is by "recipient identification number" (RIN), a unique number randomly assigned to each customer.

annuity

A contract that provides for the receipt of money yearly, or at regular intervals.

ANQR

ANQR is the acronym for the "name file inquiry" in the DHS computer system. This inquiry system provides access to information about current and former applicants and customers by name or social security number.

appeal

Applicants and customers have the legal right to request a fair hearing when they believe an action is unfair or incorrect. The fair hearing process begins with filing a complaint, also called an "appeal."

applicant

A person who signs a request/application for assistance, or someone who has an approved representative sign an application for them.

application

An application is the designated form a person signs to request benefits. An application may be made by an individual or by a person an individual approves to act for them.

new textApplication for Benefits Eligibility (ABE)

The customer self-service portal for IES.

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The automated process of directing new applications and cases through each step of IES processing.

new textapplication number

Used to track an application within the IES system.

The Application Number begins with the letter T and is followed by 8 digits. (ex. T11009242).  Applications submitted through ABE are assigned an application number when they are received. For all other applications, the application number is assigned during Application Registration.

approved representative

A person who has an applicant's permission to apply for benefits on their behalf. The applicant must provide a written statement that approves the representative to apply for them. The statement must be included in the case record and must include the full name, address, and phone number of the approved representative.

APPS

APPS is the acronym for the "pending application report". This inquiry system provides access to local offices about the number of days an application has been pending.

arrearage

The total amount, established by a judicial or administrative order, of unpaid support obligation, which accrued as a result of failure of the noncustodial parent to comply with previous support order(s).

asset

An asset is real or personal property that a person has, such as a vehicle, bank account, or house.

asset limits

The maximum value of assets that an applicant/customer may own without being required to use the asset(s) to meet living expenses.

assignment of support

The transfer of support rights to HFS by the acceptance of cash or medical benefits.

Assist

When used alone, means Family Assist, FamilyCare Assist, and All Kids Assist.

assistance

Help provided to eligible persons in the form of cash payments, medical services, social services, and/or SNAP.

attestation

A statement signed by the TANF customer or a person applying for Medicaid for a child. The statement swears that all information or documentary evidence that they know, possess, or can reasonably obtain about the noncustodial parent(s) has been provided. The statement is made in the language preferred by the customer, English or Spanish.

authorized representative

A person appointed by the administrator of a Drug/Alcoholic Treatment Center to apply for and receive SNAP benefits on behalf of a resident(s) of the facility. This is the only way that a resident of a Drug/Alcoholic Treatment Center can get SNAP benefits.

AWVS

AWVS is the abbreviation for the "wage verification file". This inquiry system provides access to information from Department of Labor (DOL) files about a person's earnings and unemployment insurance benefits.