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Can Disabled Children Qualify for Social Security Benefits?

July 8, 2017

Social Security is most commonly associated with elderly adults who collect payments after they retire or become disabled, but Social Security has other important uses as well. Social Security offers Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for children with disabilities, and these payments have the ability to support a family struggling to afford the care their child desperately needs.

The Basic Facts About SSI For Children with Disabilities

According to the federal government, “Your child, if younger than age 18, can qualify if he or she has a physical or mental condition, or combination of conditions, that meets Social Security’s definition of disability for children, and if his or her income and resources fall within the eligibility limits. The amount of SSI payment is different from state to state because some states add to the SSI payment.”

Income and resources can be tricky to measure, but in general a child’s income and resources are determined by considering the income and resources of all family members living in the child’s household. This means that a family with a sufficient income will have trouble qualifying for SSI. If the disabled child is in a medical facility and health insurance covers the costs of care, SSI payment from the government is limited to just $30.

Other Rules Dictating SSI for a Disabled Child

Beyond the financial requirements measured to qualify for SSI, the child must meet a few other requirements. First, the child cannot be working or earning more than $1,170 a month. Second, the child must demonstrate a health condition that results in “marked and severe functional limitations” that have lasted or are expected to last for at least 12 months.

Get the Help You Need

Paying for the care necessary to protect your disabled child can be incredibly difficult, and turning to a qualified attorney for help obtaining SSI can dramatically improve your chances of receiving the support you need from Social Security. Whether you’re applying for the first time or appealing a denial, an experienced St. Louis lawyer like Attorney Jeff Swaney will help you fight for the benefits your child deserves. Call (314) 310-8373 to begin your consultation today.