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Childbirth Benefit Claim: Avoid These Mistakes

How to File for Your Pregnancy Benefit

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Childbirth Benefit Claim: How to File for Your Pregnancy Benefit

A childbirth benefit claim will allow you to receive cash benefits during your pregnancy or adoption process and can make a big difference in your day-to-day life if you’re struggling financially. If you’re planning on having or adopting a child, it’s important to start the process early so that you don’t get caught off guard by any roadblocks along the way. Read this article on how to file for your childbirth benefit claim to learn more about how this benefit works and get some tips on getting your claim approved as quickly as possible.

What Is The Childbirth Benefit?

If you’re a member of The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI), you may be eligible for increased coverage under FEGLI. Specifically, your insurance will increase from $50,000 to $100,000 if you give birth while employed in an approved position with one of these agencies. If you apply within 180 days after giving birth, and have been covered by FEGLI at least 30 days prior to delivery of your child, you can receive childbirth benefits. This benefit is payable only once during each member’s lifetime and is not transferable.

When Should I Apply For My Benefit?

You can apply for a Social Security maternity benefit (also known as pregnancy benefit) between 8 weeks before you expect your baby to be born and up until 6 months after your child is born. However, applying sooner is usually better because it increases your chances of getting your application approved more quickly. If you have questions about whether or not you qualify, talk with someone at Social Security. You can also call their toll-free number 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Eastern time. TTY users should call 1-800-325 – 0775.

What If I Haven’t Given Birth Yet?

For women who are expecting, when they want to file their claim is up to them. In general, you can apply as soon as you know you’re pregnant, and you have a month from your due date. If you wait until after your child is born, there will be a waiting period before benefits kick in. 

What If I Plan To Deliver In Another Country Or State?

You can apply in any state where you are considered a resident. If you’re not sure, check with your tax advisor. But don’t delay—the deadline for making a claim is 12 months after your due date. Also, keep in mind that if you deliver outside of California, your spouse will not be entitled to take paid time off from work as you recover from delivery and care for your newborn child. This is why it’s important to apply as soon as possible so that you have plenty of time before delivery to get things sorted out with your employer.

Am I Qualified For The Supplement/Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program?

The SSI Program is a program of Federal benefits administered by States, and provides financial assistance to low-income individuals who are age 65 or older, blind or disabled. The SSI Program is designed to help those individuals whose income and resources are insufficient to meet all of their needs, such as food, clothing and shelter. You may be eligible for SSI if you have limited income and assets; are disabled; are age 65 or older; or meet certain requirements while caring for a child under age 16 (or disabled) who also receives benefits. Depending on your circumstances, there may be other conditions that affect your eligibility that apply in addition to these general guidelines.

What Documentation Will The SSA Require To Process My Application?

Documentation requirements will vary depending on your situation. Generally, in order to file a claim, you’ll need some form of proof that you are either disabled or expect to be disabled by pregnancy within 12 months of your application. This can include a note from your doctor saying that you will be unable to work during your pregnancy or birth due to a disability, or other medical documentation stating that you meet SSR criteria. In addition, if there is no mention of pregnancy in your disability application and/or certification, it’s very important that you have supporting documentation from a physician in order for them to accept and process your claim properly.

Where Do I File My Application And When Will It Be Processed?

The application can be filed at any Social Security office. The earliest time that an application can be filed is three months before you expect your baby to be born; however, your first month’s payment will not be processed until after you have given birth. To make sure that your application is properly processed and any necessary documents are available at or before your interview, consider making an appointment with a Social Security representative six weeks prior to your due date.

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