Cancer and Social Security Disability Insurance: What to Know and What you Can Do
While July is just around the corner, June is an important month as it recognizes several types of cancer with days like World Kidney Cancer Day, Cancer Immunization Month and National Cancer Survivors Day®. June also is the time to celebrate Men’s Health Month, which helps to raise awareness and money for education about testicular, prostate, skin and lung cancer, as well as other health issues that affect men, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mental health in the era of COVID-19.
World Kidney Cancer Day promotes the significance of physical activity in reducing the risk of kidney cancer. According to the International Kidney Cancer Coalition, “Studies show being physically active can reduce your risk of kidney cancer by up to 22%. If you already have kidney cancer, even moderate physical activity can improve treatment outcomes by up to 15%, as well as reduce cancer-related fatigue, anxiety and depression and improve overall quality of life.”
As much as we may try to prevent cancer and other debilitating diseases, unfortunately they can appear regardless of our efforts to stay as healthy as possible. Cancer and so many other diseases may make it impossible for you to continue working. That’s the time to turn to Allsup. Since 1984, we’ve helped more than 375,000 people with disabilities receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
Remember, SSDI is a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program available to individuals who can no longer work because of a disability. However, the program is very complicated, and applicants must meet several criteria to even be considered for benefits.
The Social Security Administration, which processes the claims and oversees the Disability Insurance Trust Fund, requires you meet their strict definition of disability: You are considered disabled if you cannot work due to a severe medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year or results in death. The medical condition must prevent you from doing work you did previously, and it must prevent you from adjusting to other work.
Our free online tool, empower by Allsup® can help determine the likelihood of eligibility in minutes and also help to simplify both the application and appeals process, if necessary. Of those who complete the SSDI process using Allsup as their representative, 97% receive benefits.
Take advantage of our experience helping people receive the benefits they have worked for and deserve. If you or someone you know is dealing with cancer or any other serious illness, reach out for a live chat.
You also can download a copy of our free ebook, “Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance: Getting it Right the First Time.”