How Does the SSA Evaluate Cancer Based on its List of Impairments?

Frank didn’t know someone with cancer could get disability payments – until his wife, Rose, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since Rose was no longer able to work, the family finances suffered as the medical bills increased. Frank and Rose decided to see if she qualified for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security…

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When Should I Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits

Sometimes it’s best to wait rather than rush into something. However, if you need to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, waiting may create more problems. If you can’t work because of a medical condition, and you’re wondering when you should apply for SSDI, this article should help. When Is the Time Right? Generally,…

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What Is a Vocational Expert?

Nathan was shocked to receive a notice denying his application for disability benefits. He knew his arthritis made it impossible for him to continue working at the construction site and couldn’t believe the folks at the Social Security Administration did not see it his way. Nathan decided to appeal. When a vocational expert appeared at…

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SSI and Countable Income

The requirements for government programs are often difficult to understand. For example, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a needs-based government benefit program. This means that you must show need based on income and resources to receive benefits. SSI and countable income, though, is often difficult to understand. Who Is Eligible for Supplemental Security Income Benefits…

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Battling Cancer? You May Be Eligible for an SSDI Compassionate Allowance

Luisa knew that chemotherapy would be difficult. She had no idea how hard it would be to continue working while she received aggressive treatment for her adult non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Her prognosis was poor. Shortly after treatment started, she took time to consider whether she was eligible for disability benefits. Luisa learned about SSDI Compassionate Allowance…

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Federal Court Review: The Final Step in a Long Appeal Process

Adam was exhausted. Not only was he suffering from a serious illness that prevented him from working, but he had also been battling with the Social Security Administration for months. His initial claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits had been denied, so he appealed. Denied at each stage of the appeal process, Adam…

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