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DISABILITY: Breast cancer patient may qualify for benefits

Letter by Jim Allsup, Belleville, Ill. on Oct. 6, 2011 at 11:14 am | 3 Comments »
October 6, 2011 11:14 am

Re: “Faces of cancer” (thenewstribune.com, 10-5).

I was relieved to read that Mary Docken was able to return to work after winning her battle with breast cancer. Unfortunately, many cancer survivors are not as fortunate. Too often, they are unable to focus on how to regain financial stability because their day-to-day physical recovery is so draining.

Depending on your situation, breast cancer may qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. SSDI provides benefits to Americans unable to work due to a severe, long-term disability and is funded by FICA taxes. The key to qualifying for these federal benefits – and avoiding financial disaster – is to submit a well-prepared application as early as possible.

Taking this step is critical for those with breast cancer to achieving some financial stability in the wake of a destabilizing diagnosis.

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