DI 11020.005 Claimant Eligible as Student or Disabled Child
Take a claim for childhood disability benefits even if it appears that the disabled claimant could be entitled as a full-time student. (See RS 00205.001 “Who Is Eligible For Student Benefits”). The advantages of a child being entitled as a disabled child rather than as a full-time student are:
Spouse's, mother's, or father's benefits may be payable if the “child-in-care” requirements are met.
Follow-ups to determine continuing entitlement to student’s benefits are eliminated. (See RS 00205.325 “When Student Benefits Terminate”)
Benefits will not automatically terminate at age 19.
The child will be entitled to Health Insurance Benefits (Medicare Part A) and have the option to elect Supplementary Medical Insurance Benefits (Part B), after 24 months of entitlement as a disabled child.
However, where it appears that there will be a delay in processing the child's claim based on disability, develop to establish the child's entitlement as a student so monthly benefits can be paid while the disability claim is being processed.