SOCIAL SECURITY'S COMPASSIONATE ALLOWENCES INITIATIVE

October and November are Cancer Awareness Months. Are you aware of Social Security’s COMPASSIONATE ALLOWENCES INITIATIVE?

There are few times in life when someone fighting cancer can get a break, but Early Social Security Compensation Eligibility may give patients that much needed breather.

As a mentor and recurrence breast cancer survivor who fought and survived this disease, I believe that there is never a good time to be ill. But this is especially true during times of financial and economic strife when the burden of medical bills can be overwhelming.

Add job insecurity or loss to the equation and you may be left with many questions and few answers about how to survive the financial burdens of illness. Fortunately, with the help of cancer groups with whom I associate, I have found a solution—Early Social Security Compensation Eligibility.

I know this is now available to specific cancer patients. Are you or someone you love one of them?

A woman whom I mentor called me to tell me she she had applied over the phone with the informatiuon I had given her for Early Social Security Compensation Eligibility.

A few weeks later when she checked her savings account, she found that money from Social Security had been directly wired into the account. Many of her troubles were over.

“I don’t have to worry about my bills or returning to work when I am still too weak to do my job. I can’t believe how easy this was,” she said. I was thrilled for her. Anything easy while dealing with cancer is a blessing.

According to the Social Security Administration, Social Security has implemented a Compassionate Allowances initiative to expedite the process of disabilities claims for medical conditions so severe enough to meet Social Security standards.

About half of the initial list of covered conditions are cancers: acute leukemia, CML (blast phase), stage 3 or 4 astrocytoma, pediatric brain, esophageal, gallbladder, gleoblastoma multiforme, breast, inflammatory breast, liver, mantle cell lymphoma, pancreatic, mesotheloma, salivary, and small cell (of the lung, colon, ovary, prostate, uterus) cancers. Also included are metastic, inoperable or recurrent cases of breast, adrenal, bladder, bone, head and neck, kidney, colon, nonsmall cell lung, ovarian, small intestine, stomach and ureter cancer.

Compassion Allowances is the second piece of the agency’s two-track, fast-track system for certain disability claims. Once Compassionate Allowances and the agency’s Quick Disability Determination process are combined and fully implemented cases for as many as 250, 000 people will be decided in an average of six to eight days.

During my battle with cancer, my husband quit work, stayed at home to care for me and we lived off of our savings while I went through treatment. Although the Compasionate Allowences Initiative Act was unavailable to me at that time, it is now available to you.

If you are suffering from advanced or other cancers listed above, check to see if you are eligible for Early Social Security Compensation. This is not a hand-out. You earned it.

To read more about what is going on with Compassionate Allowances go to
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances/ and the Press Releases at
http://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/pr/compassionate-allowances-1008-pr.htm or
Mark Lassiter, Press Officer press.office@ssa.gov 410-965-8904 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 410-965-8904 end_of_the_skype_highlighting


About the Author- Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos is an agented author (Scovil, Galen & Ghosh) who has penned SURVIVING CANCERLAND www.survivingcancerland.com . She is a phone counselor for the R.A. BLOCH Cancer Foundation, & contributor to Cape Women Online Magazine.

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