Are my children eligible for payments if I receive SSDI?If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), under some conditions your child may also be entitled to payment or what the Social Security Administration (SSA) refers to as auxiliary benefits.
The Social Security Administration defines a child as a minor child under the age of 18, an adult who was disabled before the age of 22 or a full-time school student who is under 19 years of age.
The Social Security Administration provides the following information to this question in the Social Security Administration Handbook, Section 323. Who is entitled to childs insurance benefits?
Qualifying for Auxiliary Benefits
According to the Social Security Administration, a child may receive childs insurance benefits on the Social Security record of the parent if the following conditions exist:
An application for the childs insurance benefit has been filed with the Social Security Administration.
The child is or was dependent upon the parent. The factors that determine whether a child is dependent upon a worker vary depending upon whether the worker is the natural parent, the legally adopting parent, the stepparent, or the grandparent.
The child is not married.
The child is under 18 years of age; 18-19 years of age and a full-time student in an elementary or secondary school ; or older the 18 years of age and have a disabling health condition which began prior to the age of 22.
Prior to the child receiving auxiliary benefits the parent must meet one of the following conditions:
1. They must be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
2. They must be retired and receiving insurance benefits.
3. They must have died and have been fully insured at the time of their death.
So what do you do if you are a parent and you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and you have unmarried children under the age of 18 who are not receiving their auxiliary benefits? You need to contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 and apply for them.
Are Auxiliary benefits provided for Supplemental Security Income claimants?
Auxiliary benefits are provided to the children of disabled parents who are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Auxiliary benefits, however, are not paid to the children of parents who are receiving Social Security Title 16 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Hiring a Social Security Disability Lawyer
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