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.
References the "Aged" program under AABD. AABD(A) clients are identified with a category designator of 01. AABD(A) clients who receive only medical benefits are identified by a category designator of 91.
References the "Blind" program under AABD. AABD(B) clients are identified with a category designator of 02. AABD(B) clients who receive only medical benefits are identified by a category designator of 92.
References the "Disabled" program under AABD. AABD(D) clients are identified with a category designator of 03. AABD(D) clients who receive only medical benefits are identified by a category designator of 93.
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 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 FS histories for the most recent 24 months. The inquiry
is available by computer terminal.
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).
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.
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:
- the child's parents are married to each other and support is sought from one or both of them; or
- 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.
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 DCSE. This can only be done when an Illinois court has not been involved in the case or issued its own
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.
agency error (AE)
Overpaid FS 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 FS
unit's benefit amount, issuing duplicate benefits, or continuing to issue FS to a FS unit whose approval period ended. An AE may also occur when the FS 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.
This abbreviation refers to the Automated Intake System. AIS is a computerized system for processing applications. To obtain and record information from applicants, AIS provides a series of structured questions and prompts. Information entered in AIS
is used to arrive at a determination of eligibility and, if eligible, a benefit amount.
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.
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 is the acronym for the "medical eligibility file" in the DHS computer system. This inquiry system provides the medical eligibility status for each DHS client. Access to the inquiry system is by "recipient identification number" (RIN), a unique
number randomly assigned to each client.
A contract that provides for the receipt of money yearly, or at regular intervals.
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 clients by name or social security number.
Applicants and clients 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."
A person who signs a request/application for assistance, or someone who has an approved representative sign an application for them.
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.
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 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.
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).
An asset is real or personal property that a person has, such as a vehicle, bank account, or house.
The maximum value of assets that an applicant/client 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.
When used alone, means Family Assist, FamilyCare Assist, and All Kids Assist.
Help provided to eligible persons in the form of cash payments, medical services, social services, and/or food stamps.
A statement signed by the TANF client 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 client, English or Spanish.
A person appointed by the administrator of a Drug/Alcoholic Treatment Center to apply for and receive food stamps 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 food
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.