SOCIAL SECURITY Q&A: What are the qualifications to receive Supplemental Security Income?Q. My newborn has serious health problems, and a nurse said I should call Social Security. Why? I do not receive Social Security. A. Healthy or not, children younger than 18 can receive Social Security through a parent’s record if that parent receives retirement, disability or is insured for survivors benefits upon death. Of more immediate interest to you, Social Security also administers Supplemental Security Income, a different national program for the aged and disabled that includes benefits for severely disabled children.
By: Howard Kossover, Grand Forks Herald