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Children With Disabilities: Social Security Benefits

Children And Other Health Care Services

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If Social Security decides a child is disabled and eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the child will be referred for health care services under the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) provisions of the Social Security Act. These programs are generally administered through state health agencies.

Although there are differences, most CSHCN programs help provide specialized services through arrangements with clinics, private offices, hospital-based out- and in-patient treatment centers, or community agencies.

CSHCN programs are known in the states by a variety of names, including Children's Special Health Services, Children's Medical Services, and Handicapped Children's Program.

Even if your child is not eligible for SSI, a CSHCN program may be able to help. Local health departments, social services offices, or hospitals should be able to help you contact your CSHCN program.

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