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It would depend on his health status, if he "lived" in the hospital for a significant amount of time, and your financial status. Usually mircro-preemies, those in the 23-27 week range will qualify based on their health status alone, because they are usually considered disabled (at least at that point in time) and hospitalized for a significant amount of time. After discharge, when a hospital isn't their primary residence, it will be based on health status and household income. Caring for a sick baby can be very expensive, which is why programs like SSI are in place. It is to off set the medical expenses and expenses that go with caring for a sick child (or adult).
Jenny - posted on 03/05/2014
My son was born with bracial plexis injury to his right arm at birth!! He'll be 3 this month so my question is how do I go about applying for SSI? He recently had surgery to reconstruct his elbow too!! It went out of socket, and after all the MRI's they still don't know what really caused it!! The doctors said that they've never seen anything like this before!! I need all the advice I can get, desperate mom here!! Please help!!!! TIA
Terri - posted on 11/04/2012
My grandson was bored at 29 weeks weight was 2 lbs 11 oz, had a brain bleed that required a drain to be placed in his head, because he was to small for a shunt, they tapped his head 3 times a week to relieve pressure of his little brain, he has been in Nicu since birth which was 9-9-12, hee finally was big enough to get the shunt, he is also anemic... My daughter applied for ssi right after his birth and just received notice that he was Denied for ssi. We are going to appeal because since we applied the shunt was placed... So not real sure for the denial he had a grade 3. Brain bleed. So will see any suggestion....
Rebecca - posted on 09/27/2011
In California, it can take anywhere from 3-6 months before you are approved for any benefits. I applied for my son because of his Autism. I am still waiting to hear when the payments will come or if they need more documents.
Roberta - posted on 09/23/2011
i am eligible for ssi as well and i did the app procedure but they did not tell me how much she would be getting after she comes home so i was wondering do you know? they told me she would be getting $30 while she is in the hospital but yet to see a check
Miranda - posted on 01/11/2010
Yes this is true under certain circumstances and it depends on your state as well. My son was born 12 weeks early and has recieved SSI since he was born due to being born with congentive heart disease and Chronic Lung Disease.
Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2010
I just receive the letter stated that he does not qualify for SSI benefts .They determined that his condition is not disalbling under they rules . Because his condition does not cause marked and servere functional limitations . Based on the records thet were told that he was disabled because of birh defects, weight problem and growth impairment. The medical evidence shows he has had a weight problem m and near to normal examination findings . They also stated that he may had some limitations to his activites , his condition does not interfere with his ability to perform most age apporpriate activites .
How do the appeal process go ?
OK, does not matter what State you live in, this is a Federal program, run by the US government....qualifications are all the same, across the board. You can get the paperwork needed on line, & you must be below an certain income level upon delivery to qualify. Medicaid will be provided by the State in which you live, if your child qualifies for SSI. Everything is on-line, no need to go back to the NICU. I am the social worker at the NICU.
Roxie - posted on 12/31/2009
It is different in many states because my son weighed 4lbs 2oz when he was born and he still qualified for the benefits. He also got his medicaid thru the SSI office. But he has cerebral palsy, seizures, asthma, and sickle cell. He has been getting it for 5 years now. It is a big help.
Amy - posted on 12/21/2009
Yes, this is true. Any baby born under I think 2 lbs. 10 oz, whether you have insurance or not qualifies for SSI. The hospital social worker should have met with you and help you through this process. Once a baby goes home or is well enough most of the time SSI discontinues.
Dawn - posted on 12/21/2009
In Florida, the baby ,must weigh less than 2 pounds to qualify for SSI. Just go to the Social Security webpage and it will give you all the details. I am not sure how long it takes, as when my son as born, the hospital told me all about it and got the information together for me and we got approved pretty quickly. It does help.
Lorena - posted on 12/18/2009
My daughter was 1lbs 9oz and they gave me all the info and paperwork I needed from the NICU I know for sure to qualify the baby has to be born weighing less than 4 pounds. It's great help go to the NICU for the papers that u need.
Chiquita - posted on 12/17/2009
well I'm in Louisiana and they low birth weight babies do automatically qualify but there is still a wait unless you were receiving benefits while in the NICU in which case I wasn't so I can't really speak for that situation
Chiquita - posted on 12/16/2009
I was unable to receive benefits while my daughter was in the NICU but once she was discharged I applied and have been receiving ever since. My daughter was considered a micro preemie, she was born at 26week but it's more about their health stats and birth weight than the fact that they are preemie b/c a full term low birth weight baby can receive benefits also
You can always apply. I don't remember the "criteria" for which babies automatically qualify while in the NICU, but that is usually something that the NICU social worker will take care of. While in the NICU, it is solely based on medical condition. We received a small amount when my son was in the NICU - he was born at 24 weeks and was very sick. Once they are discharged you have to re-apply and then it is also based on household income. We did not qualify after discharge.
Kristy - posted on 11/22/2009
my son was 1lb 3oz. u should be able to still get it. my son is 11mths adjusted and were still getting his ssi. u should check with nicu. they can give u info to take to social security office to apply. my son also automaticly qualified for medicaid because he's on ssi regardless of income. which is a huge help.
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