Did you know that over 13,000 children suffer from cancer each year in the United States? Unfortunately, the mortality rate among those is about 25 percent. For any child and the family of a child in Newark suffering from cancer or any other serious medical condition, caring for the child often leads to significant financial expenses, which can make life very difficult, especially for families of the lower and middle class.
Thankfully, the Social Security Administration has various programs available to help families in these situations. For example, the Supplemental Security Income program may be an option for certain low-income families. Furthermore, Social Security disability insurance may be an option for qualified residents and their children. Both these programs are designed to provide financial relief and help cover some of the costs associated with living with and caring for a sick child.
It is important to understand that the programs are only for children and adults who have a medical condition, injury or illness that is expected to last at least one year or longer, or is expected to result in death. For adults, the injury, illness or condition must also be so severe that the victim is unable to seek and maintain gainful employment during that time.
The application process may seem overwhelming, but there are various resources on the Social Security Administration’s website to help you along the way. The application process can also be done online. If you have difficulty with the forms or questions regarding the process, you may want to speak with a legal professional for help.
Source: blog.socialsecurity.gov, “Social Security Helps Children Struck by Cancer and Other Illnesses,” Doug Walker, Nov. 23, 2015