Auxiliary Benefits

Definition - What does Auxiliary Benefits mean?

Auxiliary benefits, in the context of Social Security, refer to the benefits paid to the dependent family member(s) of a claimant who is receiving disability benefits.In order to be eligible for auxiliary benefits, the claimant's family member(s) must meet certain criteria. Family members of claimants receiving benefits through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are not entitled to auxiliary benefits.

Justipedia explains Auxiliary Benefits

In certain cases when an individual becomes eligible for disability benefits from the SSA, their dependent family members, such as their spouse and children, may also become eligible for receiving benefits. These benefits provided to a claimant's family member(s) are called auxiliary benefits. Auxiliary benefits are only applicable for dependent family members of claimants receiving benefits through SSDI. In order to be eligible for receiving auxiliary benefits, the spouse of the claimant must be under 62 years old and must be a joint caregiver for children below the age of 16. Dependent children of a claimant who are unmarried and are under the age of 18 or enrolled in school full time are also eligible for auxiliary benefits.

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