How To Claim Disability For U.S. Breast Cancer Patients; Get The Facts; YOU May Be Entitled.

U.S. Disability Payments For People With Breast Cancer!

Disability, A hot topic I know and an area of great stress for most at a time when you are already dealing with too much.  Even if you know you are eligible the process is daunting at best.

So when I was asked if I would post an article on the subject from Ram Meyyappan of Social Security Help,

I of course said YES PLEASE!

Disability was looming

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Below, Ram explains the details about who actually qualifies, under what scheme and how to go about it.  Even if you think you earn too much you may still be eligible, so please all U.S. Citizens who have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer……… READ THIS!  AND please do share this important infomation. 

Thank you Ram for reaching out

Coach Lin ♥


Applying for Disability Benefits with Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer symptoms and recovery can often be so severe that it prevents you from working for long period of time. If the disability prevents you from working for a year or longer at a job at which you make over $1,040 per month, you could be entitled to disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA administers two different programs that those with breast cancer can qualify for: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

In general, SSDI is meant for those who have a strong work history and have paid into the social security system through the form of FICA taxes. SSI, on the other hand is a needs based program that does not take your work history into account. You need to have very limited income and assets in order to qualify for SSI.

For the specific financial requirements for both SSDI and SSI, please visit: http://ssa-custhelp.ssa.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/245/~/difference-between-social-security-disability-and-ssi-disability

In addition to meeting the financial requirements, you must also meet the medical qualification requirements for breast cancer.

Breast Cancer and Meeting the Medical Requirements

When you submit an application for Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security employee who reviews your file will compare your medical evidence to the criteria that has been set forth in the SSA’s Blue Book. The Blue Book is a list of conditions that may qualify an individual for Social Security Disability benefits and the criteria that must be met in order to qualify.

Breast cancer is listed under section 13.10 of the Blue Book. According to this Section, in order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits you must suffer from:

  • A locally advanced carcinoma that has a direct extension to the chest wall or skin; or
  • A tumor that has metastasized to the internal mammary nodes; or
  • A tumor that has metastasized to the supraclavicular or infraclavicular nodes; or
  • A tumor that has metastasized to 10 or more axillary nodes; or
  • A tumor that has metastasized to distant parts of the body; or
  • Recurrent breast cancer except for local recurrent cancer that remits with antineoplastic therapy.

When filing your application for Social Security Disability benefits, make sure that you include medical evidence that proves the above criteria to increase your chances of an approval during the initial stage of the application process.

Breast Cancer and the Compassionate Allowances Program

The SSA introduced the Compassionate Allowances program in 2008 to speed up the application process for those with severe disabilities. It typically takes anywhere between 3-6 months to receive a decision on your initial application for benefits. However conditions that qualify for a compassionate allowance exception will be reviewed with a few weeks to a month.

Breast Cancer will qualify for a compassionate allowance exception if it is diagnosed as having distant metastases or being inoperable or unresectable. Breast Cancer that has spread to other organs of the body such as the lungs, brain, liver, etc. will also qualify as a compassionate allowance.

Applying for Benefits with Breast Cancer

You can submit a disability application either in person at your local SSA office or on the SSA’s website (http://www.ssa.gov/applyfordisability/).  There are 3 different forms you will have to fill out when filing out the application: The Disability Benefit Application, The Adult Disability Report and The Authorization to Disclose Information form.

If your application is denied, you will have to submit an appeal within 60 days of receiving your denial notice. It might also be in your best interest to hire a disability attorney or advocate if your initial claim is denied.


Article by Ram Meyyappan
Social Security Disability Help
For more information on applying for disability with breast cancer, please visit: http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/compassionate-allowances/breast-cancer-and-social-security-disability


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