Assistance to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD)

Assistance to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD) was established by the Nebraska Legislature in 1965. The AABD program was established to provide financial aid and medical assistance to person in need who are age 65 and older, or who are age 64 and younger and blind or disabled according to Social Security program definitions.


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To be eligible for a cash payment, an individual or married couple must have monthly income and countable resources less than the program’s need and payment standards. If determined eligible for a cash payment, the individual is also eligible for medical coverage.

The Social Security act established Medicaid and the Nebraska Legislature established the Medicaid program for Nebraska in 1986. Medicaid provides medical services to aged, blind, or disabled persons, who are otherwise eligible and who do not have sufficient income and resources to meet their medical needs, but do not qualify for a cash payment.

Medicaid may also include eligibility for the State Disability Program which may provide a cash payment and medical assistance to persons who meet the Social Security program requirements for disability or blindness, but not the durational requirements.

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