Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for children give financial support to families of children with life-altering health impairments.
With SSI, parents get monthly income assistance to help provide for their children’s health, development and educational needs. Qualifying for SSI also means your family will qualify for Medicaid health care.
Childhood SSI is a form of disability benefit run by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Getting these benefits can make a major difference for a family on a tight budget raising a child with special needs.
Parents applying for Childhood SSI must show that their family meets these financial requirements:
Nash Disability Law helps families in the Chicago area get children’s SSI benefits.
Keep reading for more from our SSI attorneys on how to gain access to financial assistance that creates a better future for you and your child with disabilities.
The income guidelines listed above are just examples to give you an idea of the income limits that apply to Childhood SSI.
Social Security has a sliding scale of qualifying household income limits that change depending on your household size, including single parent or married households—and families with different numbers of children living at home.
Social Security also has another scale for when your income is not from working, but from sources such as Social Security Disability or retirement, pensions, unemployment insurance, state disability benefits or interest income.
On that scale, a single parent without other children besides the child who will receive SSI must have “unearned” income under $19,536 a year (as of 2021), and a married couple must have less than $24,300 (also in 2021) in this type of income.
These numbers also change from year to year.
Disability attorneys at Nash Disability Law can help you understand how you may qualify. There is no charge for you to talk to us about your child’s claim.
In addition to the financial requirements, a child must meet health-related qualifications to be eligible for children’s SSI benefits .
Demonstrating all of this to the SSA means submitting medical records, school documents and more.
Many families are denied for SSI benefits. But a disability attorney can help you put together your information showing how your child meets both the health and financial eligibility for SSI, so you have a better chance of being approved.
You can fight for your family and your child to get the resources you need for a healthier life.