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Michigan's Law With Experience in SSI for Children

It is almost a law of nature that a child's illness impacts a family's income. Medical bills, time off from work, extra housekeeping or childcare needs add up quickly. SSI (Supplemental Security Income), a program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), provides some relief for families through monthly financial assistance to parents of children with life-threatening or severe chronic illnesses.

For your child to qualify for disability benefits, he or she will need to not only be disabled, but your family will need to meet income level thresholds. If your household income is too high, your child will be ineligible for SSI benefits.

Medical Requirement for SSDI for Children

The SSA's definition of "disability" for children states that children must have a mental or physical condition that seriously limits their activities, has lasted or will last for at least 12 months, or is expected to significantly shorten the child's life span so that s/he will not survive past childhood. In order to determine if the mental or physical condition meets the requirements of a disability, the SSA uses a list of impairments commonly referred to as the Blue Book.

The Blue Book lists the medical criteria for evaluating a mental or physical impairment to determine if the severity is a disability for the child. In addition to the Blue Book, the SSA maintains a compassionate allowance list with conditions that are considered so severe they almost always meet the medical requirements for a disability. Compassionate Allowances are also approved much quicker than typical applications, so your child could receive benefits much faster.

Evidence used to prove that your child meets the criteria in the Blue Book includes medical reports, medical tests, information from the child's school, reports by caregivers or social workers, consultative examinations ordered by the SSA, and information provided by parents or other sources about the child's daily activities, symptoms, and functional limitations.

If you are unsure or need assistance with applying for SSDI for your child, call us today at Gordon & Pont.

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