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DISABILITY IN TENNESSEE IS NOW APPARENTLY DETERMINED BY INCOME… AT LEAST FOR ONE FAMILY

When is a disabled child not disabled in Tennessee?

When his parents earn too much money.

The parents of a disabled 14-year-old in Newport have been told their son is no longer disabled. As a result, he’s losing his Social Security Disability and eventually his insurance from TennCare.

Isayah looks like any other boy his age, but he’s disabled. The eighth grader has faced several medical hurdles in his life, including two open-heart surgeries and three other heart surgeries. The second open-heart procedure occurred a year and a half ago.

Social Security also determined minor children’s qualifying for disability benefits not only depends on their being found medically disabled but on the parents’ income. They said Isayah’s father earned too much money in 2017. However, that notice ending Isayah’s disability was overturned by the administrative judge.

The family is now waiting to appear before a judge in Morristown.

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2 Responses

  1. Callie Bateman

    Same thing happened to my 9 year old boy when I married two years ago, they just get to decide when your child is or isn’t disabled but I hate to tell them my son I still autistic our government just makes up the rules, guide lines, as they go.

  2. Rita Holmes

    There is nothing new about this. I have a son with Down’s syndrome when he was three we applied for his disability and were told that we made $5 a month too much. He didn’t receive disability until he was 18 and considered an adult

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