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Topic: ABE



The Application for Benefits Eligibility, or ABE, is the State of Illinois’ online application for Medicaid and other public assistance.Note that there is not a specific open enrollment period for Medicaid, as there is for the Health Insurance Marketplace; application can be made at any time during the year.


Applying for Medicaid in Illinois – FAQ

This set of answers from HFS to frequently asked questions is especially helpful for anyone who works directly with Medicaid consumers/applicants. Included are details such as how to change information on an application or submit verification documents, find a Medicaid provider, and how applicants should not fill out a new application in ABE for a newborn.

How to Check the Status of Your Medicaid Application

This fact sheet from Get Covered Illinois explains the process of checking the status of a Medicaid Application submitted through the call center or the ABE website within Illinois.

The Application for Benefits Eligibility

This introduction to ABE – Illinois’ new web-based portal for Medicaid, SNAP and cash assistance – was created prior to its launch in October 2013. ABE can be used by anyone in Illinois seeking Medicaid coverage, including new groups covered as a result of national health care reform under the Affordable Care Act. (more…)