Social Security Covers Children Battling Cancer

September 27, 2019 • By

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Last Updated: September 27, 2019

" "The effects of cancer on our society are devastating for those directly and indirectly dealing with the disease. Sadly, thousands of people under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer every year, and it remains the leading cause of disease-related death for children. We honor the courage of children who are battling the many forms of cancer, as well as the young people who lost their lives to these terrible diseases.

Social Security provides benefits for children who suffer from many disabling diseases, including some forms of cancer. These benefits could help with the additional costs of caring for an ill child.  Although children haven’t paid Social Security taxes and, thus, cannot be covered for Social Security disability benefits, they may receive disability benefits through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. SSI pays benefits to disabled children who have limited income and resources.

If you wish to apply for benefits for your child, you’ll need to complete an application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and a Child Disability Report. The report collects information about your child’s disabling condition, and about how it affects his or her ability to function.

Here are the steps to apply:

  • Review the Child Disability Starter Kit. This kit answers common questions about applying for SSI benefits for children, and includes a worksheet that will help you gather the information you will need. You can view the starter kit at socialsecurity.gov/disability/disability_starter_kits_child_eng.htm.
  • The SSI program has strict limits on the amount of income and assets you can have. It is a “needs-based” program for people who have low family income and resources. Contact Social Security right away to find out if the income and resources of the parents and the child are within the allowed limits, and to start the SSI application process.
  • Fill out the online Child Disability Report. At the end of the report, we’ll ask you to sign a form that gives the child’s doctor(s) permission to give us information about the child’s disability. We need this information to make a decision on your child’s application. The Child Disability Report is available in the Child Disability Starter Kit.

Social Security also has an obligation to provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that they obviously meet our strict disability standards. Social Security’s Compassionate Allowances program enables us to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the listing of impairments based on minimal objective medical information. The Compassionate Allowances list allows Social Security to identify the most seriously disabled people for allowances based on objective medical information that we can obtain quickly. Compassionate Allowances is not a separate program from the SSI program. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.

Social Security is here to provide benefits for the most vulnerable members of our society — including children with severe disabilities. If you or anyone in your family needs assistance, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/disability.

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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. Justin

    Good share!

  2. Justin

    There are a lot of children getting diagnosed with a mental disorder these days especially autism. They walk into a psychiatrist office and before they leave, they will be given a diagnosis and medication. Parents are lining up to get free SSI for their children. Thanks by https://www.businessinsider.fr/

    • Carla

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      spouting drivel as fact, babbling on like an idiot about something he knows not.
      Please do us all a favor and crawl back to the incubus that spawned you, locate the remains of what’s left of your wet brain, then get yourself the learnings and the edumacation you so desperately need and are undoubtedly lacking…..And don’t come back now you hear?

  3. Justin

    Good share! Thanks to https://blog.ssa.gov/


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  5. Christian H.

    Interesting muscoskeletal impairments account for the highest percentage of ssdi cases but mental health disabilities are just behind. It’s neck and neck. I would not be surprised to see mental health issues taking the lead soon. Hopefully science and medicine can perhaps prevent some of these crippling disabilities so those don’t have to suffer. Our country has many health issues and for those with severe disabilities there is help. There are many advocacy groups like Citizens Disability or Advocates US which can help those suffering with SSI and SSDI. check http://www.citizensdisability.com.

  6. tony

    The cancer children with high earning income parents can’t receive SSI. The SSI is an entitlement program for the poor. We need to protect the taxpayers money.

    You can’t see mental and the psychiatrist/psychologist must describe the patient’s history to support their findings. The SSA can’t do fuzzy math for mental disability in children and adult.

    Federal regulations 20 CFR 404.1520a require the “use of a technique”. The technique is the Psychiatric Review Technique Form (PRTF). The psychiatrist/psychologist cannot use term (eg. none, mild, moderate, marked, extreme). Those term are rights reserved to the SSA Commissioner. The Commissioner is the one who rate the disability.

    When the psychiatrist/psychologist gives a conclusion that the patient cannot accept instructions or criticism from the supervisor, then they must write a narrative of the patient history when they didn’t accept instructions or criticism from the supervisor.

    Medical sources who perform mental CE exam must have a good understanding of SSA’s disability programs and their evidence requirements.

    Why is the SSA approving claimants for mental disability solely based on the conclusion with no narrative of the patient’s history?

    These mental disability fraudsters are telling their psychiatrist/psychologist to write down these conclusion without any narrative of their history when this occurred to collect Social Security disability benefits.

    There was an OIG report of SSI children being coached what to say by their parents and psychiatrist/psychologist.

    Evidence should come from school faculties who see the children act in the real environment. Poor parents have gone to extreme where they enroll their children into the IEP program at school so they get SSI.

    SSA CDI UNIT fraud investigators should go to the school and talk to the IEP instructor about the student. The public schools are funded by the federal government and they should cooperate with federal investigators to make sure the IEP program are used by children who need it.

  7. Hospitals &.

    Social Security Blog has a responsibility to squash discrimination against disability propaganda, mostly regarding disability. These bloggers don’t care about children with cancer. They are here to discriminate against disability in a semi-organized fashion. Social Security may wish to make it clear that the current gold standard of mental disability used for determining benefits is institutionalization in a state mental hospital against their will. Due to the maximum taxable limit there is not enough money, due to fuzzy Actuarial service, to sustain normal 1% DI population growth.

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  10. tony

    There are a lot of children getting diagnosed with a mental disorder these days especially autism. They walk into a psychiatrist office and before they leave, they will be given a diagnosis and medication. Parents are lining up to get free SSI for their children.

    The SSA Mental CE exams are given to children and adults. The treating source is the preferred choice for mental CE exams. There are some exceptions. Federal regulations 20 CFR 404.1520a require the “use of a technique”. The technique is the Psychiatric Review Technique Form (PRTF) use by the contractor performing the CE exam.

    The PRTF is used to rate to see if the mental disorder is severe and whether it meet or equal the listing.

    Why is the DDS approving all these people for a mental disorder just based on medical records when neither their treating source or CE psychiatrist/psychologist has use the technique require by federal regulations?

    They are approving claimants and the taxpayers end up giving them free money.

    • tony

      Medical sources who perform CEs must have a good understanding of SSA’s disability programs and their evidence requirements.

      They cannot write that the claimant is disabled. They cannot rate the claimant’s mental impairment (e.g. none, mild, moderate, severe, extreme)

      The history and mental examination must be provided as a narrative of the findings.

      The medical source cannot just say the claimant cannot accept criticism from supervisor. They have to use the claimant’s history with the mental examination.

      Mental disorder listing Part A does not always result in Part B or C impairments. They have to connect the two parts together through a narrative.

      The conclusion could be the claimant doesn’t like being yelled at by the supervisor and it makes them anxious or depressed.

      We need to protect the taxpayers money.

    • tony

      The “use of a technique” should reduce some of the fraud we see in the mental disability process.

      The psychiatrist/psychologist can’t use the term “marked” and “extreme” limitations. They have to look at the patient history and CE examination and write a narrative.

      The history should include at least twelve months prior to becoming disabled.

      The treating source medical opinion cannot be prior to 6 months before they quit their Unsuccessful Work Attempt.

      An exception to working past the 6 months after the medical opinion is if the job is sheltered work. There is a strict definition for sheltered work.

      The SSA OIG should implement procedures like this to reduce errors in the disability determination process. We need to stop giving away free money.

      The SSA never questions a mental disability claim after they are approved. The SSA OIG only catches them when they work. Once they are approved, they usually receive at lifetime of benefits.

    • tony

      It took the SSA a while to reform the SSA adult menta disorderl listing 12.00 and fix some of the errors.

      The SSA got rid of the daily activities and went with the four areas of unskilled work for Part B of the mental disorder listing.

      A “substantial loss” in one of the four areas of unskilled work could “meet” or “equal” listing, but under the old listing they needed two marked limitations to meet the listing.

      The new mental disorder listing has one extreme and two marked limitations. The one extreme complies with the meet or equal the listing for “substantial loss “.

    • tony

      Unskilled work. Unskilled work is work which needs little or no judgment to do simple duties that can be learned on the job in a short period of time. The job may or may not require considerable strength. For example, we consider jobs unskilled if the primary work duties are handling, feeding and offbearing (that is, placing or removing materials from machines which are automatic or operated by others), or machine tending, and a person can usually learn to do the job in 30 days, and little specific vocational preparation and judgment are needed. See 20 CFR 404.1568(a)

      A claimant can work with objects instead of around coworkers and the general public.

      The claimant can’t accept instruction if there is no supervision.

      The ALJ RFC hypothetical must contain all four areas.

      Example: simple one or two steps instruction, little to no judgement to do simple duties, little to no contact with coworkers and general public, very little contact with supervisor, changes in routine can be learned in 30 days.

    • tony

      The SSA should admit to having bad policies allowing anyone can get free disability money just like the Veteran Affairs Administration. The Veteran Affairs Administration gives free disability money to any veteran who nods their head yes to all the PTSD questions. The PTSD DBQ that the physician does for the C&P exam is a bunch of check boxes. Their clinical finding in Section 5 wouldn’t even come close to supporting a 100% PTSD rating. It looks like it was done by an elementary school student instead of a physician.

      • Marc

        Nobody is getting “free money” from Social Security for being disabled, physically or mentally. In truth, it’s far more difficult to get approval for SSDI/SSI for a mental disability than a physical one. Additionally, mental disorders are never approved merely on the records provided; they always require an independent medical exam by a SSA approved licensed mental health professional; either a psychologist or a psychiatrist. And, as is the case with every disability claim, the majority are denied the first time and must be appealed. The entire process for receiving SSI/SSDI can take 2-3 years, longer if one must appeal or go to an administrative hearing. You people seriously need to learn how Social Security works before you criticize it based on false information and urban legends. Try actually clicking on some of the links on this very site rather than just sitting on this blog hurling insults at a program that I’m sure at least 50% of you are currently drawing $$ from.

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