So in the same vein of welfare posts, my latest frustration is with families receiving SSI for their school age child while on a medical card.
If you are on a medical card- then your medical bills are covered. I know some rare treatments or newer drugs are sometimes not covered, so those would be exceptions.
If your child is school age, then you don't need to be home to provide care. If you need a break here and there or are working a few hours in the evening, you qualify for respite care.
In having a child, you should be prepared to provide food, shelter, basic needs, etc. So you shouldn't need SSI to take care of your child. You should be prepared to take care of your child.
I'm particularly frustrated with parents I've worked with lately. It takes a long time to fill out the paperwork when a parent requests SSI. I've had parents flat out lie- we need SSI for a hearing issue- when the child has never failed a hearing test. Last week a mom called and asked us to move her child into a special needs classroom because they had been denied SSI and "if he was in that room, we'd be more likely to qualify don't you think?"