When a child is born with a disability, the child’s parents may have a lot of unanswered questions about the child’s health. They may be concerned about the child’s long term prognosis, about immediate medical concerns and about finding answers about the child’s current medical condition. At first, these questions are likely to be the sole focus to the parent’s. However, over time, parents are likely to ask broader questions, especially about what services are available to their child.
Children who are living with disabilities often require a lot of services. From rehabilitation to medical care and therapies, these services can help the child live as normal of a life as possible. But, they are often expensive. For parents, who may lose time from work to care for the child, these expenses can become overwhelming.
Therefore, disabled children often qualify for Supplement Security Income benefits. However, before a child can receive SSI benefits, the child must qualify. This can be a lengthy process with the Social Security Administration.
In certain situations, though, the SSA will immediately pay benefits for disabled children. These children will receive benefits for up to six months as the SSA’s state agencies determine if the child really qualifies for SSI benefits or not. Conditions that qualify for immediate SSI benefits include muscular dystrophy, HIV infections, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. A child born totally deaf, totally blind or with a birth weight below two pounds and 10 ounces will also qualify for immediate benefits. If a child over the age of 7 has a severe intellectual delay, the child can also receive immediate benefits.
This is not a complete list of conditions that qualify for SSI benefits for children. This blog post can only provide general information, and therefore people in this situation should consult with an attorney. With an attorney’s help, people can apply for benefits for their child.