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Expanding SSI Access: Navigating the Appeals Process

Fact Sheet
Good Governance

How can decision makers and other partners better support families of children with disabilities in accessing Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, given that SSI is a critical tool to support financial security and health?

SSI is a cash benefit program for individuals — both children and adults — who have a qualifying disability and meet income, asset, and immigration status requirements. The SSI appeals process provides an opportunity for children and families who have received a less than fully favorable determination — based on non-disability (e.g., citizenship, income, resources) or disability factors — to appeal their determination outcome.

ChangeLab Solutions has developed three fact sheets to help policymakers and other interested groups — including families of applicants as well as Social Security Administration officials at federal, state, and local levels — better understand the steps and timeline of the SSI appeals process:

  • How to Expand Access to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for Children with Disabilities: Navigating the Appeals Process
  • SSI Appeals: A General Overview
  • SSI Financial Eligibility & Appeals

The fact sheets also identify opportunities for policy changes that may facilitate more successful appeals among eligible individuals.