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Childrens Stake in Social Security

When most people think about Social Security they normally think about retirement or disability benefits. But, there is so much more to the Social Security Administration (SSA) than what they can provide for working or formerly working adults. Children have a large stake in the Social Security system. Take a look at how our country’s youngest people benefit from Social Security.

 Children's Stake

The Help Kids Need

Currently, there are children who are part of families that receive Social Security benefits as part or all of their income than there are families that receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). In fact, as many as 8.5 children benefit in some way from the Social Security System.


What Children are Helped?

Any child who is part of a family that receives some type of benefit through the SSA is helped by the system. This includes children whose parents have died or become disabled and can no longer work. Children who are disabled themselves can also be awarded benefits for their families.


Childrens Benefits

When an adult applies for disability benefits, any children that person has may also receive benefits through that parent.. To be eligible for these benefits, the child must meet the following qualifications:

(1)Be unmarried
(2)Be under 18 or
(3)Be 18 or 19 and a full-time high school student
(4)Be 18 or older and have a disability that started before the age of 22.

Survivors Benefits

Children of parents who die can receive Social Security benefits as well. To qualify for these benefits the child must meet the same qualification that are listed under “Children’s Benefits” above. These benefits are available for natural children, adopted children, stepchildren, grandchildren and stepgrandchildren.


There are many ways in which children have a stake in Social Security. For questions regarding how Social Security benefits can help you child, contact the law office of James Mitchell Brown today.

Are You at Risk for Your Disability Payments to Stop?

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), two things can cause your disability payments to stop.

Social Security Disability Benefits

The first thing that can cause your disability payments to stop is if you are working at a level that the SSA deems “substantial.” Stay aware of the current guidelines that determine substantial income from being employed. For 2017, earning of $1,170.00 per month ($1950.00 if you are blind) is considered substantial income. If your benefits stop due to substantial income and you become unable to work again, you have five years to ask the SSA to restart your benefits due to your condition. The SSA will review your medical condition, but as long as you are within the five-year period, you will not be required to submit a new application for benefits.


If you have work expenses due to your disability, the SSA may be able to deduct those expenses from your monthly earnings before deciding if you are still eligible for disability benefits. One example is if your disability prohibits you from driving or using public transportation, and you have the added expense of paying for a taxi to get back and forth from work. Other examples include counseling services, copayments for prescriptions, a wheelchair, or specialized work equipment.


Make the SSA aware of any significant changes in your situation, including if you start or stop working, or if your duties, hours, or pay changes. Also, you need to report work expenses related to your disability right away. You can report these changes by phone, mail, or in person.


Your benefits can stop if the SSA determines that you are no longer disabled. It is your responsibility to inform them immediately if your condition improves. Occasionally, the SSA reviews the current medical condition of everyone receiving disability benefits to ensure each person still has a qualifying disability. Typically, if you are still unable to work and your condition has not improved, your benefits will continue.


If your benefits are under review, the SSA will gather information from doctors, hospitals, and other medical sources. In some cases, they will ask you to go for a special examination at no cost to you. They will review all the information to determine if your condition has improved. If they determine your condition has improved, they will consider the type of work you do to decide whether or not your condition has improved enough for you to return to work. If they determine you can return to work, your benefits will stop.


Other things that can cause your social security disability payments to stop are not following doctor’s orders, giving false or misleading information, and not cooperating with the SSA.