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Social Security reviews of children's disability benefits

This blog has spent some time recently discussing a number of issues related to the important topic of children and disability benefits. In addition to the importance of understanding how to apply for benefits, how to appeal a denial of benefits and what the application process entails, there are a few additional details, such as the periodic review process, that are important to be familiar with because of how important disability benefits for children can be for many families.

For children receiving Supplemental Security Income, it is important to be aware that the Social Security Administration periodically reviews the child's medical condition to determine if they are still eligible to receive SSI disability benefits. The SSA reviews eligibility for benefits every three years for children under the age of 18 who have a disability that is expected to improve. Reviews are also scheduled for children under 1-year-old who are receiving SSI because of low birth weight.

A closer look at disability benefits for children

The process of seeking Supplemental Security Income disability benefits through the Social Security Administration for a child's disability can be complex, as recently discussed in this blog, but can also be extremely important for the child's welfare. It is helpful to take a closer look at the process of applying for, and obtaining, benefits. The Social Security Administration evaluates several different considerations including the child's medical condition and financial circumstances.

When evaluating the child's eligibility for children's benefits, the child's income and resources are considered, as well as the income and resources of family members living in the household. When considering the child's disability, the child must suffer from a medical condition, either physical or mental, that significantly limits the child's activities. If working, they must not earn greater than $1,130 a month. In addition, the child's disability must be expected to last 12 months or longer or be expected to result in death.

Disability benefits may be available for children as well

Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death for children and thousands of children, under the age of 20, are diagnosed with cancer each year. Cancer can have a devastating impact on its victims and their family members. The Supplemental Security Income program provides disability benefits for children suffering from some types of cancer and other disabling diseases. The benefits may provide much needed help with the costs of treating an illness such as cancer and caring for a child with a serious disease.

SSI may be available for children with limited income and resources. To begin with, it is necessary to apply for SSI. A Child Disability Report must also be completed concerning the disabling condition the child suffers from and how it impacts the child's ability to function. Supplemental Security Income is needs based so there is a limit on the income and assets the child and the child's parents can have to qualify.

Disability benefits basics for qualifying medical conditions

Mental disabilities can be a serious concern, preventing disabled individuals from earning an income to support themselves and their families. Different resources, such as Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income, may be available to help disabled individuals cover the basic expenses of daily life, however, disability benefits can be difficult to obtain. A number of applications for disability benefits are initially denied which is why it is important to understand how to properly approach applying for benefits and appealing a denial of benefits if necessary.

Disabled individuals can feel pulled in a variety of directions, trying to take care of themselves, their families and obtain much-needed benefits. The process of applying for benefits can be complicated and frustrating. Receipt of disability benefits is based on a qualifying mental or physical condition, as well as other factors. Qualifying mental conditions can include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post traumatic disorder, traumatic brain injuries, schizophrenia, disorders on the autism spectrum, developmental and intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome and learning disabilities.

What are options for disabled individuals in Georgia?

There are a variety of options in Georgia to help disabled individuals with some of their needs. If you have disabilities you may have heard of different benefits that may be available to you, including Medicaid, but may have wondered what it is. In general, Medicaid is available for disabled individuals who do not have income sufficient to meet the cost of their medical care, low-income families, the aged and blind, as well as others.

For disabled individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income, they are automatically eligible for Medicaid benefits. For disabled individuals, it is important to know how to qualify for Medicaid. To be eligible to receive Medicaid, the applicant will need to establish disability, if that is what the application for Medicaid is based on, and provide their income, resources and age. In general, disclosure of your income and expenses, medical information and some other types of information is required. Additional, or different, information may be required to be eligible for Medicaid based on the circumstances the applicant is applying based on.

Applying for disability benefits for fibromyalgia

Many individuals living with fibromyalgia may have difficulty working due to symptoms associated with fibromyalgia such as pain and fatigue, as well as others. A recent survey by the National Pain Report found that 58 percent of those surveyed in their fibromyalgia survey reported they cannot work because of fibromyalgia symptoms. Individuals who are unable to work because they suffer from fibromyalgia may be able to apply and qualify for Social Security disability benefits, however, they may face a challenge getting approved.

It is important when applying for disability benefits to present the strongest case possible in order to receive approval. Applying for SSD benefits based on disability caused by fibromyalgia can be challenging because fibromyalgia can be over-diagnosed by family doctors searching to explain a patient's ongoing pain and symptoms. Applications for conditions that can be more easily established with a diagnostic test may be more easily approved.

Understanding Medicaid and disability benefits

Disabled individuals facing certain challenges should be familiar with both disability options and options that may help them with their health care needs. Medicaid is a health insurance program for low income individuals and individuals of limited resources that is both state and federally funded. Medicaid is available to disabled individuals, as well as aged individuals, the blind and children who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments.

In Georgia, individuals who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are also eligible for Medicaid and the application for SSI benefits is the same as the application for Medicaid. Eligibility for Medicaid begins the same month as eligibility for SSI. To qualify for Medicaid, the applicant must have been eligible to receive SSI for at least one month, be disabled, meet all additional eligibility rules, need Medicaid to work and meet certain other requirements.

What is the Social Security Disability application process like?

The process of applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) Insurance benefits can be difficult, so Georgians may wonder what they should know as a disabled individual to apply for disability benefits. It is best to apply as soon as possible once they become disabled if they discover they will be disabled for a period of time expected to last longer than a year.

Georgians can file online, in person or by phone. The initial application is reviewed by a state disability agency and one should receive a response in several months. If their initial application is denied, they can appeal. But, appeals must be made within 60 days from the day the appeal notice is dated.

Understanding medical conditions for disability benefits

To help streamline the process, the Social Security Administration maintains a list of medical conditions that can immediately qualify an applicant for Social Security disability benefits if certain conditions are met. It is important to note, however, that just because a condition is not on the list does not necessarily mean that a disabled individual cannot obtain disability benefits. The Social Security Administration provides options for different types of disabilities and different circumstances.

Understanding closed-end period disability options

A closed-end period of disability is a period of disability with definite beginning and end dates determined at the time of the disability decision. A closed-end period of disability may be available if the applicant was disabled or blind for a continuous period of 12 months or greater but is no longer disabled at the time the disability decision is made.

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