What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Is A Three Year Old With Disabilities Eligible For SSD Or Only SSI?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
SSD, or Social Security disability, does not have a disability program for children. Most likely, this is due to the fact that Social Security disability benefits are reserved for individuals who have worked enough to gain insured status. Of course, there is no way for a three-year-old child to have insured status.
It does seem unfair because disabled children of individuals who are working often do not meet the requirements of the need-based Supplemental Security Income disability program, yet their medical needs often cause significant financial hardship.
Unfortunately, the only way a three-year-old child can receive any kind of Social Security benefit is through a parent who receives disability or retirement benefits. Social Security dependent child benefits are not considered disability benefits; entitlement depends upon the continued eligibility of the parent.
Currently, SSI disability benefits is the only disability program that provides disability benefits to children. Children, whose parents meet the income and resource limits of the need based program, are able to receive Medicaid along with a monthly disability benefit if they are found medically disabled.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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