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Alphabet Soup

GOVERNMENT BENEFITS ABBREVIATIONS

Abbreviations and acronyms can make discussions of government benefits for people with special needs confusing and hard to understand.

ABDAged, Blind and Disabled
ACAAffordable Care Act a/k/a Obamacare
ADAAmericans with Disabilities Act
AFDCAid to Families with Dependent Children, replaced by TANF, Temporary Aid to Needy Families
AGIAdjusted Gross Income (line 38 of IRS Form 1040; line 22 of IRS Form 1040EZ)
APSAdult Protective Services, part of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
ARDAdmission, Review and Dismissal meeting in connection with an Individual Education Plan for a K-12 special education student
BCCPBreast and Cervical Cancer Program
CDBChild Disability Benefits a/k/a Dependent Adult Child, for a person disabled before and after age 18 as determined by the Social Security Administration (apply before age 22)
CDCCenter for Disease Control and Prevention
CFRCode of Federal Regulations
CHIPChildren’s Health Insurance Program
CITCrisis Intervention Training
CMSCenter for Medicaid and Medicare Services, a federal agency CPI Consumer Price Index; the CPI-Urban is currently used to make annual cost of living adjustments to Social Security benefits
CPSChild Protective Services, part of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
CSRCost Sharing Reductions
DACDisabled Adult Child a/k/a Child Disabled Benefits, for a person disabled before and after age 18 as determined by the Social Security Administration (apply before age 22)
DADSTexas Department of Aging and Disability Services
DFPSTexas Department of Family and Protective Services
DMEDurable Medical Equipment
DOLU.S. Department of Labor
DSHSTexas Department of State Health Services a/k/a “Dishes”
ERISAEmployee Retirement Insurance Security Act
FFMFederally Facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace
FPLFederal Poverty Level
FSAFlexible Savings Account
HCBSHome and Community-Based Services
HHSU.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HIPAAHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
HRAHealth Reimbursement Account
HSAHealth Savings Account
HUDU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
IAPInsurance Affordability Programs
ICF/IDIntermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
IDDIntellectually or Developmentally Disabled
IDEAIndividuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEPIndividual Education Program
IRCInternal Revenue Code
IRSInternal Revenue Service
ISMIn-Kind Support and Maintenance
MAGIModified Adjusted Gross Income
MAPSMetropolitan Area Physicians Service
MCOManaged Care Organization
MDCPMedically Dependent Children Program
MOEMaintenance of Effort
PCMEPhysician’s Certificate of Medical Examination
PCPPerson-Centered Planning
POMSProgram Operations Manual System of the Social Security Administration
PPACAPatient Protection and Affordable Care Act a/k/a the Affordable Care Act a/k/a Obamacare
QDWIQualified Disabled and Working Individuals Program
QIQualified Individuals Program
QMBQualified Medicare Beneficiary Program
SGASubstantial Gainful Activity
SLMBSpecial Low Income Medicare Beneficiary

 

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