Supplemental Security Income (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 who have severe physical and/or mental medical impairments that have lasted or are expected to last at least a year. In order to qualify, a child must show that the medical problems either meet strict rules set by Social Security or that they cause very severe functional limitations when compared to other children without disabilities.
If you prove you meet the medical standard:
- You also have to prove that you are financially needy. A portion of the parents’ income and resources may be considered available to the child.
- The household can have some income but the rules are complicated and depend on whether the income is earned or unearned and how many other children are in the house.
- Monthly benefits vary depending on household income. The maximum monthly payment is set each year by the federal government. For the year 2014, the maximum federal benefit for a child on SSI is $721 a month.
- Benefits cannot start before the first full month after the month you applied.
- In most states, you are automatically eligible for Medicaid.
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. 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.
At Leventhal Sutton & Gornstein, we handle all cases on a contingent fee basis. One of our Philadelphia SSI lawyer 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.