Steps to Consider When Raising a Child with Special Needs

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A new little baby.

A new diagnosis.

What do you as a parent do for your child after the diagnosis? For me, I had many changes in my life, including the formation of many new friendships with other parents with children with special needs.

1st – learn all you can about the diagnosis and get your child on Interest Lists for benefits. For me, I had much to learn about autism.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that

1 in 68 school-aged children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder.

2nd  – Take a look at Government benefits such as Medicaid and SSI cover:
• Basic Medical Care
• Food
• Clothing
• Shelter
Monthly maximum amount of SSI for an individual is $733 and $1,100 for an eligible couple. Caution: Do not use trust funds for the child’s support for the above expenses.

Medicaid Chart for Child and Adult

0 to 17 years old
18 years and older
Low income – Qualify for SSI, which comes with Medicaid as a benefit Low income (around $700/month or less) – Qualify for SSI, which comes with Medicaid as a benefit
Middle income of family – Medicaid Buy-In for Children through HHSC Middle income (around $2100/month or less) –Medicaid Waivers through DADS, HHS
Income and resource for child only (family income is NOT considered) – Medicaid Waivers through DADS, HHS Higher Income (over $2100/month) Medicaid Buy-In for Adults through DARS/HHSC


3rd – Protect eligibility for benefits and get a Special Needs Trust. Contact The Filis Law Firm and schedule a consultation for Estate Planning that meets your family’s goals for the future.


For more information click on Filis Files on the right side of this page to find my downloadable PDF.



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