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Low-income disabled children in Tennessee may be eligible to receive monthly social security disability benefits through the Supplemental Security Income program. If their parents’ income and their disabilities qualify, the children may continue to receive benefits until they reach age 18. At that time, they may apply for adult disability benefits. Children of disabled parents who receive Social Security Disability benefits may be eligible to receive dependents’ benefits. Benefits are made available to disabled children and the dependents of disabled people to ensure that they receive the income and resources they need.

Benefits for Disabled Children

Like adults, children whose disabilities meet the Social Security Administration’s disability guidelines may be eligible to receive monthly disability payments through the Supplemental Security Income program. This program is meant to provide monthly payments to disabled people based on need rather than on work history. To qualify for benefits, the disabled child’s parents must meet the SSA’s income guidelines. The disability must be one that has left the child with severe mental or functional impairments and it must be expected to last for at least 12 months or result in the child’s death. If they continue to qualify, children may receive monthly benefits until they reach age 18. At that time, they can apply for adult SSI benefits if they are still severely limited by their disabilities to such an extent that they are unable to work.

Benefits for Children of Disabled Adults

Dependent benefits are also available to children of parents who receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The parent must have a disability that qualifies and must have earned enough work credits to be eligible to receive the benefits. The parent’s disability must be one that prevents him or her from returning to work or from performing any substantial gainful activity. Children of parents who receive SSDI may be eligible to receive up to 50 percent of their parents’ benefits amount. There are per-family limits, however.

Disability and dependent benefits are available to children to make certain that they have the resources and income they need. Children who are approved for SSI may also be eligible for Medicaid.