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Hot Off The Press – Having Hormone Refractory or Metastatic Prostate Cancer Automatically Qualifies You for Social Security Disability Benefits

At 2PM this afternoon in a long awaited decision the United States Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that having hormone refractory or metastatic prostate cancer automatically qualifies a man to receive Social Security Disability coverage. If you do qualify there still are some restrictions on your ability to receive benefits. You can't qualify for disability benefits if you are able to work and earn more than $1,200 a month. How Do I Apply for Benefits? You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled or if you are already disabled by: • Complete your application online. OR [...]

The Social Security Administration Expedites Some Claims for Disability Benefits, But Not Advanced Prostate Cancer

Social Security Announces Nationwide Launch of Compassionate Allowances Process Will Fast Track Applications For People with Cancers and Rare Diseases Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced the national rollout of the agency’s Compassionate Allowances initiative, a way to expedite the processing of disability claims for applicants whose medical conditions are so severe that their conditions obviously meet Social Security’s standards. “Getting benefits quickly to people with the most severe medical conditions is both the right and the compassionate thing to do,” Commissioner Astrue said. “This initiative will allow us to make decisions on these cases in a [...]

Reductions To Your Social Security Disability Benefits (Social Security Disability Benefits Part III)

If you qualify and are approved for Social Security Disability and you are also receiving other government benefits, the amount of your Social Security Disability benefits may be reduced. Some public benefits will not affect your Social Security disability benefits. If you receive Social Security disability benefits from one of the following types of public benefits, your Social Security benefit will not be reduced: • Veterans Administration benefits; • State and local government benefits, if Social Security taxes were deducted from your earnings; or • Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Your Social Security disability benefits may also be reduced under the [...]

By | August 1st, 2007|Advanced Prostate Cancer, Financial, Social Security|0 Comments

Family Members Can Qualify for Benefits (Social Security Disability Part II)

Under certain circumstances members of your family may also qualify for social security disability benefits if you are approved to receive benefits. These circumstances include: • Your spouse, if she is 62 or older; • Your spouse, at any age if she is caring for a child of yours who is younger than age 16 or disabled; • Your unmarried child, including an adopted child, or, in some cases, a stepchild or grandchild. The child must be under age 18 or under age 19 if in elementary or secondary school full time; and • Your unmarried child, age 18 or [...]

By | July 29th, 2007|Advanced Prostate Cancer, Financial, Social Security|0 Comments