What can we do if we can't afford the costs involved with our child's diabetes?

There is help available in the form of Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This is a federal program that makes monthly cash payments to disabled people "who don't own much in the way of property or other assets and who don't have much income." Diabetes counts as a disability. A child's SSI payment can be as much as $771 a month, although some may get less because of their parents' income and some may get more because they live in a state that adds money to the federal payment.

To find out about eligibility request HEW Publication No. (SSA) 78-11039 (55/ For Disabled or Blind Children) from your local Social Security Office or the office in the nearest major city.

Even if at first you're turned down, all is not lost. You can then get a copy of HEW Publication No. (SSA) 75-10281 (Right To Appeal Supplemental Security Income) and try again.

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