Does my 2 year old recently diagnosed qualify for SSI

(Dawn) #1

My two year old son was recently diagnosed Type 1 in December and I wanted to know if this qualifies as a Disability. I can no longer worker full time and need to care for him 24/7.

(Chance) #2

Hi Dawn,

First off, I just want to say that I hope you’re doing well despite the circumstances of your son’s diagnosis. If you have questions or just need support, there are a lot of great people on here that can provide that.

With that said, from reading resources from the SSA (here) and online (here), it seems like diabetes needs to cause significant damage either in the way of complications or by preventing the individual from working to make a case for SSI. The former link is specifically concerning SSI for children while the latter focuses on SSI and adults with diabetes. In short, just from an overview of what information is available, you may stand a shot if you won’t be able to work for the next 12 months strictly because of this Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis. That assumes, however, that you’re eligible in every other way. Because in reality, only the SSA can tell you if you’re eligible, and if you’re serious about it you might just have to apply and (probably) appeal to see if you can get a decision in your favor.

I hope this helps. Perhaps someone with more first-hand experience with the process can add their input.

(Dawn) #3

Thank you so much that was very informative.

(Wendy Moody) #4

Hi! Google a program called Tefra or Katie Beckett option. We are located in South Carolina, but your state may have a similar program by another name, although I think it’s a federal program. It was originally started to keep special needs children at home with the same care as families could give, rather than keep them in an institution. There are several criteria but having a chronic illness requiring 24/7 care and a child having no earned income are the two that will get your child qualified. My grandson, who lives with his single parent mom, and who makes just above the limit for her to qualify for Medicaid for him, did her research and applied and he was granted Medicaid coverage through the Tefra program.

(Dawn) #5

Thankyou so much that is very helpful we are actually trying to move to laurinburg north carolina or gibson north carolina so that is very helpful.

(Wendy Moody) #6

Your very welcome! It sure took a big burden off of my daughter’s shoulders.