The Aid to the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (AABD) program gives cash and medical assistance to some low-income people who have disabilities or are senior citizens age 65 and older. AABD cash is a state program designed to help them meet their basic needs. The Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) runs the program.
In order to get AABD, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen or fall within one of the specified categories of non-citizens
- An Illinois resident
- Age 65 or over
- Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or are ineligible for SSI due to income or are ineligible for SSI due to the expiration of federal time limit on assistance to certain immigrants who have not yet become U.S. citizens
- Disabled, or blind, according to rules of the Social Security Administration, or Age 65 or over, and not eligible for SSI because of other income
You can check on the Illinois Department of Human Services website to see if you are eligible.
Updated: May 2018