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Disabled children in Chattanooga may be eligible for SSI

When an adult resident of Chattanooga has a health condition that is expected to last 12 months or more - or is expected to result in death - that resident may be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Parents and guardians with disabled children may be wondering whether their children could be eligible for any type of Social Security benefits. The answer to this question is yes, these children could be eligible, depending on the circumstances.

These benefits may be available under the Supplemental Security Income program. Children who live with disability or blindness may be eligible if they and their parents are both within the allowed limits for income and resources, and the child has an impairment or combination of impairments that meet the definition of disability for children.

SSI is a needs-based program. It is also available to people with limited income and assets who are 65 or older, blind or disabled. Generally speaking, a claimant may not have more than $2,000 in assets. Married claimants must not have more than $3,000 in assets to be eligible for SSI. Not all assets count toward these numbers, though; only certain assets under Social Security rules. The process of determining eligibility for SSI benefits can be complex.

SSI benefits do not require a work history, and SSI recipients may also be eligible for Medicaid. Oftentimes, Social Security applicants are denied on their initial application. However, some claimants do end up winning benefits during the appeals process. Claimants who are denied on initial consideration may wish to consider pursuing an appeal.

Source:, "Do disabled children qualify for Social Security benefits?," Joanne Crane, July 9, 2017

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