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Caring for a disabled child can be expensive. The Social Security Administration offers Supplemental Security Income payments for children with disabilities. The monthly payments are available for children under the age of 18 who meet the Social Security’s definition of disability for children. The child’s income and resources have to fall within the eligibility limits in order to qualify.
When you apply for Supplemental Security Income for your child, you will be asked for detailed information about your child’s medical condition and how this condition affects his or her ability to function. The Social Security Administration will want your permission to contact your child’s doctors, teachers, therapists and other professionals to obtain information about your child’s disability. The application and supporting information will be forwarded to New York’s Disability Determination Services for review.
According to the Social Security Administration, a child is considered disabled when a physical or mental condition, or combination, seriously limits your child’s activities. The condition must have lasted or be expected to last for at least 12 months. Also, to be eligible for Supplement Security Income monthly payments, your child cannot be working and earning more than $940 a month in 2008.
If your child is approved, you will begin to receive monthly Supplement Security Income payments. Periodically, your child’s medical condition will be reviewed to determine that your child still qualifies. This review takes place at least every three years or if your child was under the age of 1 at the time of approval, then the review will occur at age 1.
In the situation where your child was denied benefits, you can appeal the decision. Since the appeal process is complex, it would be wise to contact an experienced New York Social Security Disability attorney. The Law Office of Markhoff & Mittman, P.C. can help you with the process. Contact the law firm today at (914) 946-1452 or (866) 205-2415.
The article, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Children with Disabilities, has more information on this subject.