Childhood Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – Growth Listing Changes

Childhood SSI benefits are available to children from birth up to age eighteen. To qualify for childhood Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, a child must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition for disability for children and the parents must have low income and few resources.   Some time back, I wrote about qualifying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for children due to growth impairment. These listings have now been removed by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

The SSA recently released a new listing for low birth weight and several other related rule changes. Listing 100.04 applies to children less than one (1) year old who are born at 32 weeks of gestation and weight less than 1250 grams. Babies weighing less than 1200 grams at birth meet a different part of the listing regardless of how many weeks of gestation they had. The SSA added 100.5 for failure to thrive for children under the age of three (3) and growth failure due to chronic respiratory disorder (103.06) and renal disease (106.08).  The rules also no longer rely on “linear growth” alone and instead rely on a child’s weight-to-length ration or Body Mass Index.

If you need more information about a Social Security Disability/SSI, personal injury, EEOICPA, long or short-term disability, VA disability, Railroad Retirement Board disability, or a workers compensation matter, please contact the Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser for a free case evaluation. We can be reached at (865) 584-1211 or (800) 806-4611 or through our website. Our office handles claims throughout Tennessee, eastern Kentucky, western North Carolina, southwestern Virginia, and northern Georgia.




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