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Talking about SSI During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. With an annual childhood cancer diagnosis of 13,000 children under the age of 21, many families find themselves affected by this. While cancer can be a financial burden on a family, Social Security can help assist families of a child with cancer or other serious disability.

SSI for Children

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program offered by the Social Security Administration can apply to families with low income, limited resources, and with a child that has a condition that is expected to last longer than 12 months or result in death.

In 2012, SSI provided $9.7 billion to families of children will illness and disability. The number increased in 2013 to $10 billion. The current program reaches out to around 1.3 million children in the United States.

In order to apply for SSI benefits, and family must:

  • File an online claim with the Social Security Administration
  • Compile information about the child's medical history
  • Prove the citizenship of the child
  • Provide the names and Social Security numbers of all living in the household
  • Show proof of employment and income of the child's parents
  • Have an in-office interview with a Social Security representative

The well-being of a child is the first concern of parents. SSI is available to help ease some of the additional financial stressors for the family.

If you or a loved one has a child with cancer or another illness or disability, you should contact a Social Security attorney to help gather the benefits your family deserves. The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC has an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and can help your family obtain the maximum SSI benefits possible.

Categories: Cancer