Supplemental Security Income Benefits for Children with Disabilities

Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits are not only aimed for adults: they can also be given to children whose parents earn a low income. SSI for children is available provided that your child is under the age of 18 and is either physically or mentally disabled and the disability have resulted to a significant level of functional limitations. The child should be either blind or disabled to be eligible for SSI benefits. It can either be in-born or developed and persisted before the child reached the age of 22.

SSI benefits are immediately given to applicants whose disabilities are serious enough to meet the necessary SSA disability standards. In the past 25 years, there has been an increase in the number of recipients, albeit because of the implementation changes on the program. The incomes as well as resources of the child and the parents (along with the other people in the household) are considered if an SSI benefits application is filed. Once the application has been reviewed as a possible candidate for SSI benefits, the Disability Determination Services will bring together necessary evidence that could help determine the disability benefits. Usually the DDS requires 12 months of medical history, along with function, in order to judge the claim.

It can be frustrating to process the SSI benefits, and most often parents find themselves almost at the brink of giving up. When this happens it would always help to consult and acquire the representation of a legal disability lawyer. It also helps to discuss the matter with the disability examiner. Another thing to remember is to always keep your appointments with the DDS. If a consultative exam is asked by the DDS, avoid being late to the exam and try to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier (since being late can forfeit your appointment with the provider).

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