Cancer has the potential to become a terrible, debilitating disease which can leave many people unable to work and function in society in Pennsylvania or any other state. It can be particularly problematic when children are hit with debilitating diseases or injuries, as the children are dependent upon their parents, who will likely be struggling financially to afford the necessary treatment. However, parents in this situation may be able to obtain some monetary assistance via Supplemental Security Income. SSI is a vital program offered through the Social Security Administration.
If a child is suffering from a disabling condition, such as cancer or a serious injury, SSI may be able to provide some financial help in paying for ongoing medical bills. However, this option is only available for families who fulfill the required conditions. The first condition is that the child’s disability is expected to last for at least 12 months, continuously. Next, the family must have a low-income level, as well as few resources available.
Along with SSI, there may be other ways in which the Social Security Administration can help. If a person is currently receiving benefits for retirement or disability, the child may be able to qualify as a “Disabled Adult Child” upon turning 18 years of age. This could allow an adult child suffering from a disability to qualify to receive benefits via Social Security Disability Insurance.
However, in order to obtain SSI and other types of benefits through Social Security, the individual will need to follow the correct legal procedures. An error in the application process could cause the application to be initially denied, which can waste valuable time in reapplying. Many families in Pennsylvania have benefited from professional assistance in order to achieve these often vital federal benefits.
Source: The Hutchinson News, “Social Security can help disabled kids“, Chad Ingram, Sept. 6, 2014