Did you know that Social Security has a program that helps children with disabilities? The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program helps children with physical and/or mental disabilities who have limited income and resources. To qualify for SSI, a child must meet financial limits and certain medical requirements.
If approved, a child could be eligible for a monthly payment of up to $794 in 2021 and possibly an additional state supplement. In addition, in most states, a child who receives SSI is automatically eligible for Medicaid, a Federal government health insurance program for people with limited income. In addition to basic health care and medications, Medicaid covers a wide range of home and community based services to help children and youth with disabilities live at home with their families. School systems in many states participate in Medicaid to help provide services included in children’s individualized education plans
like physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
Social Security continues to collaborate with organizations on a national and local level to increase outreach and ensure all qualifying families are aware of this program for children with disabilities.
If you think your child or someone you know could be eligible for SSI, visit the Disability Benefits- Apply for a Child (Under Age 18) webpage to learn more and apply.