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SSDI/SSI Benefits for Cancer Patients: What You Need to Know

Navigating life with cancer is challenging, and the added burden of financial instability can make it even harder. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can provide crucial support for cancer patients. In this post, we’ll explore SSDI/SSI benefits for cancer patients, outlining the eligibility criteria, application process, and how Green and Greenberg can assist you in securing the benefits you deserve.

Understanding SSDI/SSI Benefits for Cancer Patients

SSDI and SSI are federal programs designed to support individuals with disabilities, including those battling cancer. Here’s a quick overview of how each program works:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): SSDI provides benefits to individuals who have worked and paid Social Security taxes but are now unable to work due to a disability, such as cancer. To qualify, you need to have earned enough work credits and meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of disability.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI): SSI offers financial assistance to disabled individuals with limited income and resources. Unlike SSDI, SSI does not require prior work credits. Instead, it is a needs-based program aimed at helping those in financial need.

Eligibility Criteria for Cancer Patients

To qualify for SSDI/SSI benefits as a cancer patient, you must meet specific criteria set by the SSA:

  • Severity of Condition: The SSA maintains a list of impairments, including various types of cancer. Your condition must match or equal one of these listings. If your cancer is not listed, it must be severe enough to prevent you from working for at least 12 months.
  • Medical Documentation: You need to provide comprehensive medical evidence, including pathology reports, imaging results, and treatment records. This documentation is crucial in proving the severity of your condition.
  • Work History (for SSDI): For SSDI, you must have sufficient work credits, which are based on your earnings history. The number of credits needed varies depending on your age when you become disabled.
  • Income and Resources (for SSI): For SSI, you must demonstrate financial need. The SSA assesses your income and resources to determine eligibility. This includes money in bank accounts, property, and other assets.

Applying for SSDI/SSI Benefits

Applying for SSDI/SSI benefits can be a complex process, but understanding the steps involved can help ease the journey. Here’s how to get started, and how Green and Greenberg can assist you every step of the way:

  • Gather Medical Evidence: Collect all relevant medical records, including diagnosis, treatment plans, and doctor’s notes. Detailed documentation strengthens your case. Green and Greenberg can help you identify and organize the necessary medical evidence to ensure your application is as strong as possible.
  • Complete the Application: You can apply for SSDI/SSI benefits online, by phone, or in person at your local Social Security office. Ensure you complete the application thoroughly and accurately to avoid delays. The experienced attorneys at Green and Greenberg can guide you through this process, helping to fill out forms correctly and avoiding common mistakes.
  • Submit Necessary Forms: Along with your application, you’ll need to submit various forms, such as the Adult Disability Report and Authorization to Disclose Information to the SSA. These forms provide the SSA with detailed information about your medical condition and history. Green and Greenberg can assist in ensuring all forms are properly completed and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Follow Up: After submitting your application, follow up with the SSA to ensure they have received all necessary documentation. Keep track of any correspondence and be prepared to provide additional information if requested. The team at Green and Greenberg will track the status of your application and handle any follow-up needed, so you don’t have to manage it alone.

Applying for SSDI/SSI benefits can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Contact Green and Greenberg for expert assistance in applying for disability benefits. Our dedicated team is here to help you every step of the way, ensuring that your application is thorough and accurate, maximizing your chances of approval.

Common Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Cancer patients often face unique challenges when applying for SSDI/SSI benefits. Here are some common issues and tips on how to address them:

  • Incomplete Medical Records: Ensure you have comprehensive and up-to-date medical records. Work closely with your healthcare providers to gather all necessary documentation.
  • Application Denials: Many initial applications are denied. Don’t be discouraged. You have the right to appeal the decision. Seeking professional help from experienced lawyers at Green and Greenberg will help strengthen your case.
  • Proving Inability to Work: Clearly document how your cancer and its treatment affect your ability to work. Detailed descriptions from your doctors can be invaluable.

How Green and Greenberg Can Help

Applying for SSDI/SSI benefits can be daunting, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Green and Greenberg is here to help:

  • Expert Guidance: Our team specializes in SSDI/SSI claims for cancer patients. We understand the intricacies of the process and can guide you every step of the way. Did you know that some cancers are so severe that they qualify for expedited processing under SSA’s Compassionate Allowances program? Our experts can help determine whether your or your loved one’s cancer qualifies.
  • Comprehensive Support: From gathering medical evidence to completing applications and appealing denials, we offer comprehensive support tailored to your needs.
  • Dedicated Advocacy: We are committed to advocating for your rights and ensuring you receive the benefits you deserve. Our experienced professionals work tirelessly to build a strong case on your behalf.


Battling cancer is challenging enough without the added stress of financial instability. SSDI/SSI benefits can provide crucial support, helping you focus on your health and recovery. If you’re a cancer patient seeking disability benefits, don’t hesitate to reach out to Green and Greenberg. Our team is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring you receive the assistance you need.

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