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What benefits may a child receive based on disability?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at

516. What benefits may a child receive based on disability?

A child under the age of 18 who is found to be disabled may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) under title XVI, or, if a parent is a disabled worker or deceased and was insured; then that child under 18 may be eligible for child benefits under Title II.

An adult child may be entitled to Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) under title II if he/she became disabled before age 22.

Last Revised: Jan. 30, 2006

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7 yr old disabled from brain tumor unoperable, receives medicaid and ssdi. can she obtain medicare benefits from parents medicare? what is the limit in ky for a parent to make with 5 in the family before the disabled childs medicaid and money payment is discontinued?

Generally, Medicare is available for people age 65 or older; however, younger people with disabilities and people with End Stage Renal Disease may qualify for Medicare.

This site doesn't specialize in Medicare/Medicaid. You may want to check this site :

my 9yr old daughter is autism and received ssi in california... by me moving to chicago will the ssi will change. and what services does my child qualify

There is a basic SSI benefit at the federal level, but most states provide some sort of supplement. The supplement may change if you move from California to Illinois.

This document describes state supplements in general :

The California supplement is administered by the federal government. Here are details on that :

Here is information on the Illinois supplement :

My daughter has been disgnosed with permanent bilateral nerve hearing loss would she qualify for SSI

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