Are Children Eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance?

List of Insurance CoverageIt can be confusing to determine the social security disability benefits eligibility for children, especially if the patient’s background is not as simple as a black-and-white subject.

However, medical facilities and hospitals can help parents go about the filing process by seeking assistance from a Social Security Administration-certified service provider.

Screening Process

The SSA provides children with disabilities with the Supplemental Security Income (SSI), if they meet certain requirements. Patients below 18 years old are normally qualified for the monthly cash benefit, but those up to 22 years old are still eligible if they are full-time junior high or high school students.

It is also important to know which types of disabilities have coverage under SSA’s “blue book,” which has at least 14 different kinds of listings for disabilities. These can range from skin disorders, mental conditions, respiratory illnesses and growth impairment.

The length of disability should have lasted or expected to occur for at least one year. Even if the patient meets all of the requirements for a certain listing, some instances can still warrant a denied claim.

Denied Claims

They will reject an SSI claim if the patient has not been treated according to the doctor’s advice, so parents that deemed a required procedure to be unaffordable should think twice before skipping it.

For healthcare institutions, they can increase the chances of approval for patients through a 24/7 eligibility services provider. This is important if they lack the necessary experience in handling SSI claims. At the same time, it allows them to advocate for efficient patient care and protect their financial health.


Most service providers can help your institution by checking the qualifications of each patient and assist them in the filing process. Doing so requires skilled handling and more personnel, hence an added responsibility for hospitals or medical facilities that they can otherwise delegate to a third party.

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