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Social Security Administration highlights SSI benefits

On Behalf of | Aug 22, 2014 | Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

All forms of Social Security benefits are there to help Americans with their financial obligations. In the case of retirement benefits, people work their entire lives and look forward to the day when they can retire and enjoy the fruits of their labor. But, other forms of Social Security benefits exist to help those who haven’t been fortunate enough to work and lead a “normal” life. With Childhood Cancer Awareness Month coming up in September, the Social Security Administration is attempting to highlight how Supplemental Security Income can help thousands of American families.

SSI benefits are probably the one aspect of Social Security that most people know very little about. These benefits are meant to assist a narrow range of Americans who are struggling with their finances, including individuals over the age of 65, those suffering from blindness and families with disabled children.

Raising a child is hard enough as it is, but raising a child who is suffering from a debilitating illness or injury that leaves them disabled can be heartbreaking as well as difficult. Because a disabled child would not meet the work-participation aspect of Social Security Disability, SSI is an option.

Families caring for a disabled child almost always face greater financial challenges than the average family. Disabled children often have very special needs that go above and beyond the normal range of expenses associated with raising a child. The Social Security Administration is trying to make it very clear that SSI benefits are available to families in this kind of situation, and getting more information about the application and approval process could be very beneficial for a multitude of Los Angeles area families who never knew they could seek this type of financial help.

Source:, “If Your Child is Disabled, Social Security Can Help,” Aug. 8, 2014

Source:, “If Your Child is Disabled, Social Security Can Help,” Aug. 8, 2014

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