SSI Eligibility Requirements For Children
The parents of disabled children have many more burdens than the average adult. To help ease the financial strain childhood illnesses and disabilities can bring to a family, the federal government provides monthly cash payments to disabled children.
If your child has been diagnosed with a serious disability or illness, your child and your family may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
If you have questions about your child's eligibility, or if your benefits have been denied, the experienced Social Security attorneys at Phillips Disability, P.C., can help you receive the benefits you need.
Is My Child Eligible For Benefits?
Your child may be eligible for SSI benefits if he or she disabled, younger than 18, and meets the income and resources limits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
What Disabilities Are Accepted For Benefits?
A child is disabled if he or she has a physical or mental condition (or combination of conditions) which seriously limits the child's activities. The condition must either be expected to last for at least 12 continuous months, or must be expected to result in death.
Some conditions which generally qualify your child for SSI benefits include:
- Down Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Total deafness or blindness
- HIV infection
- Extremely low birth weight
- Severe intellectual disorders
There are a wide range of conditions which may qualify for benefits. Your child will be evaluated by SSA, and they will consider testimony from your child's doctors, school teachers, and other caretakers. If your child's disability is expected to improve over time, then he or she will be evaluated every three years to see if the conditions improve.
SSD/SSI Income Benefits
Both your child's income and your family's income and resources will be evaluated when determining if your child is eligible for SSI benefits. Though many disabled children do not work at all, older children with disabilities are allowed to work so long as their income does not exceed $1,070 per month.
Because SSI eligibility requirements for children usually mean that the child has limited income, many disabled children are also are eligible for their states Medicaid and children's health insurance programs. These programs may help you and your family pay for the necessary treatment your child needs.
Can I Appeal An Application Denial?
If your child's claim has been denied, you have the right to appeal this decision. This process generally follows these four steps:
- Request a reconsideration of your child's claim from the Social Security Administration.
- Appeal a negative decision at a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge.
- Apply for review by the Appeals Council.
- File a case in federal court.
If your child has been denied SSI benefits, don't give up! Many claims are initially denied. At Phillips Disability, our experienced attorneys can guide you through the appeals process and help your child get the benefits he or she deserves.
SSI eligibility for children can be complicated, and the deadlines for appeals are unforgiving. If you believe your child's SSI claim has been unfairly denied, act quickly wait too long and you may lose your child's opportunity for benefits.
At Phillips Disability, P.C., our experienced Supplemental Security Income attorneys understand SSI eligibility requirements for children, and will help you navigate the complicated waters of disability claims.