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Meet your family's nutritional needs
Support for your family's medical needs
Other aid for families in need
Help paying Medicare premiums
SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that used to be called Food Stamps. SNAP helps low income people buy the food they need for good nutritional health. If you qualify for SNAP, you will get an Illinois Link card. Each month, the amount of your SNAP benefits will be added to your Link Card account, and you can use it like a debit card to pay for food at most grocery stores.
Medicaid and All Kids cover health care for low income people of all ages in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Health Care and Family Services (HFS) is committed to improving the health of Illinois' families by providing access to quality health care. This mission is accomplished through HFS Medical Programs that pay for a wide range of health services, provided by thousands of medical providers throughout Illinois, to about two million Illinoisans each year.
Cash Assistance can help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical costs. A small amount of cash assistance is available to people who fit into one of three groups:
Cash assistance program available through the Illinois Department of Human Services for persons who are aged, blind, or disabled and who need money. A person may be eligible for AABD if they: Receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or are ineligible for SSI due to income or are ineligible for SSI due to expiration of federal time limit on assistance to certain immigrants who have not yet become U.S. citizens. The Department of Human Services has the legal right to recover the amount of assistance a person receives through the AABD program.
Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) cover the cost of Medicare premiums for low income seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare. People who qualify for one of the Medicare Savings Programs do not have to use their Social Security income to pay Medicare premiums. For some people, Medicare deductibles and co-insurance charges are also covered.
Click here to answer some questions to see if you might be eligible for benefits. The answers you give will not be saved.
Click here to start your application. Your answers will be saved and we will use them to decide what benefits you will get.
The State provides other services in addition to the programs you can apply for in ABE. Choose an option to learn more:
For more help with applying for health care coverage, visit GetCoveredIllinois.gov or call toll free at (866) 311-1119.
Questions about your ABE application? Call us at (800) 843-6154.