Saturday, March 26, 2016

Increase In Children Receiving SSI

Over the past 5 years, the number of children receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits has dramatically increased. According to reports, the number of children receiving SSI benefits has increased over an even longer period of time.

Between 1998 and 2013, the number of children receiving benefits increased 45% so as to include 1.8% of all children in the United States. However, the total percentage of children in poverty has also increased during the same time period, thereby increasing the number of children eligible for SSI benefits.

Many of the children receiving benefits suffer from mental disorders, including ADHD and autism. Children with speech and language disorders constitute about .31% of child SSI beneficiaries, which is a nearly three-fold increase over the past 10 years or so. All told, approximately 1.3 million children with a severe disability receive financial aid from SSI.

According to a report this month from the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General, the government has concerns that the SSI program is vulnerable to fraud. Specifically, the report focuses on families with multiple children who receive SSI benefits as a target for potential abuse of the program.

The Social Security Administration has recently publicized its concerns about fraud and abuse of the SSI and SSDI programs. However, SSI and SSDI programs are primarily utilized by legitimate beneficiaries who depend on the income for vital economic support. Losing benefits or being denied benefits can be severely detrimental to a family or child’s well being.

If you or someone you know is applying for SSI or SSDI, or has been rejected for SSI or SSDI, contact Attorney Stephanie Merritt Driscoll in Southern California online or at 949-359-1370 for a free consultation.

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