Applying for SSI Disability for a Child
I recently read something interesting in a forum. A mother stated that she had applied for SSI for her child. Due to her income, the claim was denied. However, she applied again at a later date and the SSI application was approved. Due to the level of her income, the monthly benefit amount was very low, only about thirty dollars. However, that didn't matter to her because she received medicaid for her child.
Now, what happened on her child's SSI disability application? It may be that the first disability application was not even medically reviewed and was simply denied to her income. This is known as a technical denial and such denials are issued fairly quick since a case of this sort will not be sent off to a disability examiner (meaning medical records will not be gathered and will not be reviewed).
She indicated that she filed a new application after the first one had been denied. I usually advise individuals to file an appeal instead of filing a new ssi disability application. However, in cases where a technical denial for SSI has been issued, there really is no point in filing a disability appeal (because there's really nothing to appeal).
This individual's case illustrates a couple of useful points. One is that you shouldn't take no for an answer when you apply for disability, even when you're filing for a child. Second, in the case of children, the monetary benefit is not always the only consideration. Sometimes the medical coverage is a factor that is just as important, if not more so.
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