The Social Security Administration (SSA) normally grants monthly payments to disable people and low-income individuals. But children can also qualify for supplemental security income payments if they are under 18 years of age and have conditions that fall within the government definition of disability. Here are the requirements underage applicants must meet for SSA to consider them disabled:
Must Not Be Working
The child applicant must not be working or not earning more than $1,070 per month (in 2014) to be called disabled.
Have Severe Health Condition
SSA rules require that a disabled child must have a physical or mental condition (or a combination of both) that prevents basic functions and limit children’s abilities.
Doctors must expect that the child will suffer or not recover from the medical condition for at least 12 months or that the condition is expected to result in death.
It may seem that Social Security lacks compassion because of these restrictions but these conditions are set to make sure that only deserving and qualified children avail of the benefits, intended to ease the impact of their severe conditions. Parents can seek the help of eligibility management services to ensure effective planning and processing of documents required to file the claim with the SSA.