Social Security Income (SSI) payments for children with disabilities are made on a monthly basis to children with low income and limited resources who are younger than 18 years of age. Payments for child disabilities vary per state as certain jurisdictions offer additional payments to the standard SSI benefits. However, parents and relatives of children with disabilities have to remember that disabled minors must meet the requirements for benefits and that the parents or legal guardians must have a good Social Security earnings record.
Normally, it would take about three to five months for the relevant authorities to determine the eligibility or non-eligibility of a child for disability payments. However, certain medical conditions may result in the immediate awarding of benefits payments even before the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the local Social Security office decides on the application.
These medical conditions are as follows:
- HIV infection;
- Total blindness;
- Total deafness;
- Cerebral palsy;
- Down syndrome;
- Muscular dystrophy;
- Severe intellectual disorder, for children ages 7 or older; and
- Birth weight below 2 pounds, 10 ounces.
Parents and legal guardians must immediately inform the hospital administration whether their child or ward is suffering from any of the said conditions, especially when an application for SSI payments has yet to be made. Doing so could ensure that hospitals may charge a portion of the medical bills to the immediate payments that the SSA may make prior to approval of applications.