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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Children

What is SSI For Children?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Children, also known as Children’s SSI, is a federal program that gives cash benefits to children up to the age of 18 or under the age of 22. Eligible applicants must regularly attend school and have severe physical and/or mental medical impairments that have lasted or are expected to last at least a year. SSI for Children helps struggling families obtain financial stability. 

What Qualifies A Child For SSI?

In order to qualify, a child must show that their medical problems meet strict rules set by Social Security or that the medical problems cause severe functional limitations compared to other children without disabilities. Once you meet the medical standard, there are two financial tests your family needs to pass: financial resources and income. 

First, you must prove that you are in financial need. A portion of the parents’ income and resources may be considered available to the child. To qualify, this portion must be less than the set amount of resources excluding the family residence, one vehicle for transportation, household goods and a mix of other small assets. 

Secondly, the household may have some income but the rules are complicated. Requirements depend on whether the income is earned or unearned in addition to how many other children are in the house. If the child themselves has income, the amount of cash benefits may be reduced. 

Available Benefits

Monthly cash benefits vary depending on household income and the state in which you live. The maximum monthly payment is set each year by the federal government. The federal base rate for 2019 was $771 per month. Benefits cannot start before the first full month after the month you applied. Applying for Child SSI in Bethlehem can be very valuable since it opens up a gateway for other possible benefits. In most states, you are automatically eligible for Medicaid. Secondly, you will become eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also known as food stamps. These programs can be used to aid your entire family. 

For What Can I Use My Child’s SSI?

Considering you are the representative payee for your child, there are set limitations on what you can spend your child’s cash benefits on. 

  • Maintenance: These expenses include the child’s basic needs such as clothing, food, housing, furnishing, hygiene products, convenience items and other personal necessities.
  • Medical Expenses: This includes all medical and therapeutic services and equipment for your child, but your family may also qualify for Medicaid. 
  • Recreational Expenses: This includes all recreational activities for your child such as sports teams, lessons, camp tuitions, transportation and more. 

How Do I Apply For Child SSI Benefits?

You should apply for benefits as soon as your child is diagnosed with a mental or physical impairment. Begin your application with an SSI lawyer near Bethlehem at Leventhal Gornstein & Sutton. Call us today at 215-357-3300 or schedule your free case evaluation on our website. 

What Happens When Your Child Turns 18?

When your child turns 18, they now can qualify for SSI benefits based on their own income and assets and begin receiving their cash benefits directly. 

Why Do I Need An SSI Lawyer For My Child?

Social Security regulations are complicated, and the process is difficult to navigate. A Philadelphia SSI lawyer at Leventhal Sutton & Gornstein can help you present medical records needed to establish that you meet the rules for receiving children’s SSI in Bethlehem. We will also help you by getting reports from your child’s treating doctors and school to support your child’s case. Your testimony alone is not enough to win your child’s case. Because many doctors are unfamiliar with the legal standards, it is important for you to have a Philadelphia SSI lawyer at LS&G working with your medical providers and teachers to get all the required evidence.

Contact Us Today

At Leventhal Sutton & Gornstein, we handle all cases on a contingent fee basis. One of our Philadelphia SSI lawyers can help you pursue your disability claim with efficiency and effectiveness. To schedule a free initial consultation, complete the form on our website or call us at 215-357-3300 or toll free at 800-889-6101.

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