How Social Security benefits American children

Two studies, one written by the Center for Economic and Policy Research more than 10 years ago, and the other published by the progressive Center for Global Policy Solutions this July, have one thing in common. Both reveal that, except in the very poorest households, among low-income families, there are more children in households who benefit from a Social Security check monthly than a check from anti-poverty programs. Included in this number are those who receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income benefits.

According to the paper written by economist Heather Marie Boushey in 2003, 8.6% of children in households earning less than 200% of the federal poverty line were living with someone receiving TANF. 11.9% of children were living with someone receiving Social Security. Meanwhile, the 2016 study showed that 6.4 million children, or 8.7% of all children in the United States, benefited from Social Security in 2014. That marks an increase from 5.4 million (7.3%) in 2003.

The process of filing for and appealing Social Security disability benefits is often complicated and a tedious task for someone who is recovering from a serious long-term injury or illness. If you are struggling with your Social Security disability benefits, you can turn to the attorneys at the Hankey Law Office in Indianapolis for help by calling our offices today at (317) 634-8565 or (800) 520-3633.