Social Security Can Help Children with Cancer

Posted on behalf of Phillips Disability, P.C. on Sep 30, 2015 in Qualifying Conditions

child with cancerCancer is an illness that knows no boundaries. It can impact anyone, regardless of age, gender, or income status. Every year, 15,780 children between the ages of birth and 18 years are diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, many of these children with cancer are from low income homes where the necessary medical treatments can cause a huge financial burden. However, to help offset the cost of taking care of a child with cancer, the Social Security Administration now grants benefits to families of children who suffer from various types of cancer.

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is available for children with a finite amount of resources and income. What steps must you take to apply to receive benefits from the SSI program? Here are three steps to apply:

Go over the Child Disability Starter Kit By reviewing the kit, you may find typical questions and answers regarding SSI child benefits, as well as the definition of disability for children under 18 years of age. State and local medical assistance is included, along with SSI program information. There is also a worksheet to assist you in gathering necessary information.

Complete the Child Disability Report This report asks you to give Social Security information regarding your child's medical records and conditions, education, and work history. You will also sign a form that gives Social Security the right to contact your child's physician and specialists.

Income and Assets Because the SSI program is for low income families only, there are stringent guidelines regarding eligibility. Ask the Social Security Administration if your assets and income are within the permissible limits prior to beginning your SSI application.

In addition to the Supplemental Security Income program, the Social Security Administration also has a program named Compassionate Allowances. This program helps to ensure SSI benefits are disbursed to applicants with serious medical conditions as quickly and efficiently as possible. And because the program is provided by the Social Security Administration, you can still use the standard SSI process to file your claim.

Applying for disability benefits can be a confusing process. Allow the skilled lawyers at Phillips Disability help you file your claim today.

Call us at 1-800-503-2000 to set up your free legal consultation today. 

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