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Cheryl Bird, RN

Social Security Benefits for Your Premature Baby

By April 29, 2012

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Did you know that many preemies qualify to receive social security benefits from the US government? The US Social Security Administration pays supplemental security income (SSI) to babies who weighed less than 2 lbs 15 oz at birth regardless of gestational age, or for low birth weight babies based on their weight and gestational age at birth.

If your hospital didn't offer to help you apply for SSI benefits for your baby, you may still qualify. Medical care for preemies can get very expensive, and any help the government can give is a welcome sight.

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