Is Your Child Eligible For Supplemental Security Income?

December 7, 2017

Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is a federal program that provides financial support to aged, blind or disabled people who have little or no income. It provides cash to meet basic needs for things like food, clothing and shelter. Children are also eligible for SSI benefits. Here’s what you need to know about SSI for children:

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible for SSI benefits, a child must be under the age of 18 and either blind or disabled. There is no minimum age. A child may be eligible for SSI benefits as early as the date of birth.

What does “disabled” mean for a child?

Children are considered disabled if they are under the age of 18 and have a physical or mental impairment (including an emotional or learning problem) that meets certain conditions.

How do I apply for SSI for my child?

There are 2 ways to apply:

  • Apply online here: Apply Online for Disability Benefits.
  • Call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and make an appointment to apply by telephone or in person at your local Social Security office.

Where can I find more information?

You can learn more about SSI for children by visiting the Social Security Administration’s “Supplemental Security Income For Children” page. You can also find helpful information about eligibility by clicking here.

Remember: In Louisiana, people who receive SSI benefits may also be eligible for Medicaid.