Can Children with Disabilities Receive Social Security Benefits?

Benefits For A Disabled Child

A child who is a minor may be considered disabled, but the SSA doesn’t take into account the child’s disability when determining if they qualify for benefits as your dependent. The child’s benefits typically end at age 18 but are extended to age 19 if they are a full-time student in an elementary or high school or are disabled. For a child with a disability to earn benefits on your account after age 18, the following rules need to be met:

  • The disabling condition must have started before age 22, and;
  • The child needs to meet the definition of disability for adults.

Adults Disabled Before Age 22

An adult who became disabled before reaching age 22 can qualify for child’s benefits if a parent is deceased or begins getting retirement or disability benefits. We recognize this as a child’s benefit since it is paid based on a parent’s Social Security earnings record. The “adult child” must be unmarried, older than 18 and have a disabling condition that began before age 22. An adult child can be an adopted child, stepchild, grandchild, or step-grandchild.

What if the adult child never worked?

It isn’t required that the adult child has worked. Benefits are given based on the parent’s earnings.

What if the adult child is currently working?

An adult child cannot have substantial earnings. The amount of earnings that are defined as ‘substantial’ goes up every year. In 2018, substantial earnings meant working and receiving more than $1,180 a month. Certain expenses the adult child receives from work can be excluded from their earnings.

What if the adult child is already receiving SSI benefits?

An adult child who is already getting Supplemental Security Income benefits is recommended to verify if the benefits may be awarded from a parent’s earnings record. Higher benefits can be payable, and entitlement to Medicare is possible.

What if the adult child is already receiving disability benefits on his or her own record?

An adult child who’s currently getting disability benefits is still recommended to find out if benefits can be based on a parent’s earnings record. There’s potential for someone disabled since childhood to receive insured status on their own record and be entitled to increased benefits on a parent’s earnings record.

What if the parent never worked?

No benefits could be paid on the record of a parent who has never worked.

Can an application be completed online for disabled adult child’s benefits?

Currently, you are unable to apply for disabled adult child’s benefits online. If you want to submit an application for benefits, speak with Social Security as soon as possible by calling 1-800-772-1213 to schedule an appointment. (If you are deaf or have trouble hearing, call the TTY number 1-800-325-0778.

If you hesitate, some potential benefits may be lost.If you can help speed up the application process by filling out an Adult Disability Report and bringing it to your appointment.

Lost Your Social Security Card? Virginia Residents Can Now Get A New SS Card Online!

The state of Virginia has rolled out a new service that allows Virginians to file for a replacement social security card online.  The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has partnered with the Social Security Administration in an effort to help Virginia residents obtain replacement cards without having to go to their local social security office.

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has introduced a new service that allows Virginians to order replacement social security cards online.

The change will cut out a few steps in the process of getting a new social security card, such as filling out an application in person at a social security office or mailing the required documents and application.

Virginians must meet a few basic requirements to apply for a new card online and need to have a state-issued driver’s license or identification card.

The new online replacement system was implemented about four months ago through a partnership between the DMV and Social Security Administration.

In its first four months, the online replacement system served over 10,000 Virginians.

Read the full article here.

If you you do need to visit your local social security administration office, we’ve listed the top 50 SSA locations based on population below.

 

Trump Administration Proposes Order Allowing Tax-Exempt Entities To Speak Publicly About Political Issues

The Trump Administration is composing a draft of an executive order about “religious freedom,” the draft includes weakening of legislation implemented to protect LGBT individuals from discrimination, ABC News reveals.
The order is not official yet, but it would exempt certain companies from being forced to provide birth control as part of health plans for their employees. It would also introduce tax-exempt entities such as churches, to speak out “on moral or political issues from a religious perspective” without the potential fear of losing their valued tax-exempt status.

White House officials reported to ABC News that the draft appeared to be among the hundreds of potential policies being drafted by the Trump administration, but they claim not all orders “reflect administration thinking” or favored policy. An official did not state who’s responsible for the possible executive order but did not dismay its validity.

“We do not have plans to sign anything at this time but will let you know when we have any updates,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House correspondent, stated.

The drafted order began appeared in the Trump administration on Tuesday, just hours after a statement issued b The Trump White House committee explaining that the president is leaving intact workplace discrimination protections by former President Obama placed to protect LGBT individuals.
“President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community,” the White House stated Tuesday morning. “President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election.”

Learn more about this potential executive order here: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-executive-order-draft-curtail-lgbt-rights/story?id=45209220