If you have a child with juvenile diabetes it may be possible for them to qualify for SSI benefits, but they will have to meet very specific medical requirements outlined by the Social Security Administration. Additionally, your family must also meet the financial limitations outlined by the Supplemental Security Income or SSI program.
Qualifying for SSI with Juvenile Diabetes
Juvenile diabetes is an endocrine disorder which causes a hormonal imbalance, producing either too much of a specific hormone (hyperfunction) or too little (hypofunction). Unfortunately, this imbalance can produce a hormonal imbalance which can cause various complications in the body.
For a child to qualify for Supplemental Security Income they must either meet a listing outlined in the SSA Listing of Impairments for children or they must have limitations which functionally equal the listings.
To meet the listing 109.00 Endocrine Disorders in the SSA Listing of Impairments the child must be six years of age or younger, have diabetes mellitus (DM), and require daily insulin. Because other major glands of the endocrine system including the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pancreas can also be impaired, if there are other body systems are affected, the SSA will evaluate those under separate listings.
For example, if the child has a Pituitary gland disorders which disrupts hormone production and normal functioning in other endocrine glands resulting in a disruption in the childs growth this condition is evaluated under listing under 100.00. Thyroid gland disorders which affect changes in blood pressure and heart rate and cause cardiac arrhythmias or other cardiac dysfunction are evaluated under 104.00. Parathyroid gland disorders which affect calcium levels in bone, blood, nerves, muscle, and other body tissues are evaluated under listing 101.00.
Talk to your childs doctor or a disability lawyer if you have questions about your childs juvenile diabetes and whether or not their condition would meet a listing. More information about listings can be found in the SSA Listing of Impairments.
Condition does not meet a listing for Juvenile Diabetes
If your child is not under the age of six and does not require daily insulin they will not meet a listing for juvenile diabetes. This does not mean, however, that they will not be considered disabled according to the SSA.
The SSA will also review the childs functional limitations and decide if they have marked or extreme limitations due to diabetes. For example, the SSA will review how their life is affected by juvenile diabetes, can they manage their own care, do they require constant adult supervision, and how many episodes of hypoglycemia the child has had at school. The SSA will also review if they have other conditions which cause limitations such as blurred vision and fatigue.
How much SSI will my child receive?
If your child is awarded SSI benefits they may receive monthly payments to help pay for medical treatment, insulin injections, rent, mortgage or supervision costs. Although the maximum allowed by the federal government is $733 per month, if a childs parents work their income will be considered and the amount awarded to the child is generally much less than the federal benefit rate. If you have questions about your potential SSI benefit for juvenile diabetes talk to the Social Security Administration.