No illness is every wanted, but there are few situations that tug on the heartstrings more than learning a child has cancer. Some forms are more treatable than others, but the treatment for any cancer can be difficult even for a healthy adult. Yet, as September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the focus can turn to teaching the public about the types of cancer that can affect kids – some 13,000 children diagnosed each calendar year.
Understandably, the purpose of this awareness campaign is focused on the disease itself. However, for the children and families facing such a difficult time, other issues will unfortunately creep up, including questions about money. Insurance, of course, will play a role, but Social Security may also provide help in support of young ones facing cancer.
Along the same lines as other Social Security disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income, commonly referred to as SSI, may be available. Initially, to obtain benefits, the process requires a showing that the child has “marked and extreme” limitations that impact the ability to function normally. A successful application also requires the applicant to show that the condition is likely to last over 12 months or, in some sad cases, lead to death.
The process may seem daunting to some, but it can be important to secure financial help, which may go a long way in relieving tensions about money during an already trying time. Of course, it isn’t necessary for the families of such children to go it alone – help with the process is available from experienced professionals. During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, it’s not just important to spread the word about childhood cancer – it’s also important to let those who are affected know that there are people there to help.
Source: HutchNews.com, “Social Security can help disabled kids,” Chad Ingram, Sep. 6, 2014