Thanks for reading our SSD 101 series! This article is part two giving some great information regarding SSI for children under the age of 18. Check out Part 1 HERE.Medicaid
Medicaid is a health care program for people with low incomes and limited resources. In most states, children who get SSI benefits can also get Medicaid. Even if your child cannot get SSI, he or she may be able to get Medicaid. Your state Medicaid agency, Social Security office or your state or county social services office can give you more information
Other Health Care Services
If the child is under age 16 and we decide he or she is disabled and can get SSI, we will refer him or her to your state children’s agencies for social, developmental, educational and medical services. Even if the child cannot get SSI, these state agencies may be able to help him or her.
Work Opportunities for Young People Who are Getting SSI
Many young people who get SSI disability benefits want to work. The following information may be helpful.
We do not count most of a child’s earnings when we figure the SSI payment. We count even less of a child’s earnings if the child is a student.
We subtract the cost of certain items and services that a child needs to work from his or her earnings in figuring the SSI payment.
If a child is age 15 or older, he or she can establish a Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS). With a PASS, a child can set aside income for a work goal. We will not count this income when we figure the SSI payment.
A child’s Medicaid coverage can continue even if his or her earnings are high enough to stop SSI payment, as long as the earnings are under a certain amount. Social Security has two programs that can assist young people who get SSI disability benefits and want to go to work:
Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA)
Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program
**This information is based on New York State. Each state may be different. This blog post is for informational purposes. Your specific circumstances may vary from the information provided. Every case is different. Prior results do not guarantee future outcomes. The contents contained in this post do not establish an attorney-client relationship. Please contact us before sending confidential or time-sensitive material**