The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently released a post to call attention to National Cancer Survivors Day. The federal agency notes that over a million people are expected to get diagnosed with cancer in 2017. The SSA used the annual celebration as an opportunity to encourage checkups and early detection efforts.
The agency also highlighted its Compassionate Allowances program and the role it can play for those who are fighting cancer.
What is the Compassionate Allowances program? Those who apply for Social Security disability benefits send in their application and supporting documents for review. In some cases, an applicant may qualify for an expedited review through the Compassionate Allowances program.
Which disease can qualify for the program? This program is designed specifically for severe medical conditions. Many forms of cancer qualify.
How can I get Social Security disability benefits through the Compassionate Allowances program? This program does not require the use of a special form or process. The presence of a qualifying condition, in theory, is enough to result in the agency expediting the approval process.
Can I do anything to increase the chances of a successful application? Those who are battling cancer or another serious medical condition that likely qualifies for Social Security disability benefits. These applicants can better ensure a successful application by seeking legal counsel. An experienced disabling conditions lawyer can aid with the application process. This legal professional can provide advice on any tests that the agency generally requires, better ensuring your claim is approved the first time around.
If your application is denied, an appeal may be available. This process allows the applicant a second chance at getting needed benefits. An attorney can provide guidance through this process as well.