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Social Security benefits available to children with cancer

Cancer is a disease that affects thousands of families every year. The sad fact is that many cancer patients are younger than 20 years old, and it is regarded as the primary cause of children’s deaths that are disease-related. Many children nationwide, including in Pennsylvania, suffer various forms of the disease, and September is the month for honoring their courage and strength, and the memory of the American children who did not survive these awful diseases. To assist victims of cancer and their families financially, Social Security benefits are provided to eligible families.

This financial aid aims to help families with the many expenses related to the care of a child with cancer. Furthermore, young cancer patients with restricted resources and income may qualify for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Applying for benefits may prove to be a complicated process. Applications have to be filled out to provide information about the condition and level of disability of the child. The information will also indicate the effect of the disease on the child’s ability to function.

As part of the SSI program, there is also the Social Security’s Compassionate Allowances program that endeavors to assist the most severely disabled patients without delay. The application process is a multi-level procedure of providing information related to the disease and the financial resources available to the child. The child’s eligibility for the SSI program is based on the needs and income of the family and the child.

In some cases, applications for Social Security benefits are denied, leaving many families disillusioned. Fortunately, experienced disability attorneys are available to provide support and guidance throughout the required proceedings of SSDI applications. Pennsylvania families need not tackle this complicated process alone, and with skilled legal representation, their chances of receiving benefits will improve significantly.

Source: williamsondailynews.com, “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month”, Laura Meade, Sept. 5, 2015

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