Supplemental Security Income
A child with a significant impairment in a low-income family is entitled to SSI benefits. SSI is a monthly check that can be used to help meet the child’s needs. A child who gets SSI benefits is automatically entitled to Medicaid.
Children are eligible if an impairment causes a severe functional limitation. If a child’s ability to think, speak, hear, walk, eat, breathe, or engage in normal activities is well below average, the child might be eligible for SSI. Refer the family to make an application at the Social Security Administration.
If SSI benefits are denied, the parent can appeal the decision. The legal team at the Medical-Legal Partnership may be able to represent the child in the appeal. The doctor should refer the case and work with the lawyer to establish eligibility for the child.
This power point will acquaint you more fully with the Supplemental Security Income program and will help you know when to refer your patient to the legal team of the Medical-Legal Partnership.