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From Los Angeles, California, USA:

My 13 year old son was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. A lot of people have told me that this is a permanent disability and he is eligible for SSI Benefits. I would like to know if this is true.


Eligibility varies from state to state though for the most part children with Type 1 diabetes are not considered to be 'disabled' in the usual sense. All states, however, have access to the Federally-funded Children's Health Plan for cases where there is financial need.


Additional comments from Dr. Larry Deeb:

Diabetes is only eligible with complications.


Original posting 11 Jan 2000
Posted to Social Issues: Community Resources


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