When your child has complex medical conditions or special health care needs, the costs of care and support can mount. But there are options that can help ease those costs. One such option could be Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.
Here's what you should know about SSI payments – and how they can help you and your child.
What are SSI payments?
Children under the age of 18 may be eligible for SSI payments if they have physical or mental conditions that limit their activities. The family also must have limited income. An eligible child could receive SSI payments monthly. These would help cover the cost of their food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and personal comfort items.
How do I know if my child is eligible?
You will need to apply for SSI payments with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA will decide if your child is eligible based on:
- Details of your child's medical condition.
- The family’s income and resources.
What should I expect when I apply for SSI payments?
- The SSA will ask you to fill out paperwork. You will share details on your finances and your child’s condition.
- It may take three months to two years to learn if your child is eligible and to start getting payments.
- The amount of the SSI payments will vary from child to child. They also vary from state to state. These payments can bring some real relief for your child. And you and your family.
If you think your child may be eligible for SSI payments, the team at Imagine Pediatrics can guide you through the entire process. We can help you fill out your paperwork. We can answer your questions. And we can make it all easier for you every step of the way. Call us at 833-208-7770 to get started.
Imagine Pediatrics provides 24/7 virtual-first care in the home for children with medical complexity and special health care needs. So you can get support for your child any time without leaving your home. We do not replace your child’s doctors. We team up with them to give your child medical, behavioral, and social support whenever they need it. Learn more about how we can help at www.imaginepediatrics.org/how-it-works.