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If Your Child Is Disabled, Educate Yourself on SSI

Social Security isn’t just for seniors who retire and collect their monthly payments. It’s also an important program for parents of children with disabilities. Social Security offers Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to support families struggling to afford the care their children desperately need.

What Is SSI For Children with Disabilities?

Paying for the care necessary to protect your disabled child can be incredibly difficult. Countless families face the prospect of turning their lives upside down and sacrificing everything in order to care for their disabled children. SSI provides a way to afford necessary care by giving families monthly payments. This help is life changing for families that are approved by the program.

Does Your Child Quality For SSI?

According to the federal government, your child below the age of 18 can qualify for SSI if he has a physical or mental condition, or combination of conditions, that meets Social Security’s definition of disability for children. This definition includes “marked and severe functional limitations” that have lasted or are expected to last for at least 12 months.

Income also plays a role, since your family’s income and resources must fall within the eligibility limits. This means that a family with a sufficient income will have trouble qualifying for SSI, while  a family living below the poverty line will be approved. 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.

Get the Help You Need

The Social Security System doesn’t make it easy to achieve an approval into the SSI program. Even with your best preparation, your application might be denied. This doesn’t mean that you are forced to abandon the care your child needs. Instead, you need to contact an experienced Social Security attorney like Catania and Catania in Tampa, Florida.

Catania and Catania has been serving the Tampa, Florida area for more than 25 years to help families get the help they need. Call 1-800-253-5523 to schedule your free consultation with an expert at Catania and Catania today. Your attorney can help you appeal your denial and fight the Social Security system for the benefits your child needs.