SHARE recently teamed with The Family Center’s Legal Wellness Institute to host a webinar about metastatic breast cancer and disability insurance. Thinking of exploring your options for disability insurance? Here are 6 fast facts to help you have a successful Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application for metastatic cancer.
- Apply as early as possible, especially if applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). But be careful about applying while still working if earnings are close to or above “Substantial Gainful Activity” (SGA) level which is $1,700 per month for 2017.
- Collect and submit your own evidence to speed up the review process.
- Medical records
- Letters from your doctor about disease, treatment plan, prognosis, etc.
- Pathology/operative report showing metastases
- Other medical evidence of metastatic disease or “Compassionate Allowance” criteria
- In application forms, list every single medical and mental health condition that you have (even if it seems like it’s not a big deal).
- List every doctor, hospital, clinic, etc., that you have seen since the date you think you became disabled.
- Review your calendar and/or journal so you know dates of treatment, all hospitalizations, and changes in work activity.
- Speak to family and friends about whether they have noticed any new limitations or problems that may be related to your medical conditions.
Ready for more information? Check out SHARE's Disability Law and Metastatic Cancer Webinar to get more information on what to expect and how to have a successful SSI or SSDI application for metastatic cancer. Caroline L. Bersak, Esq. from the Family Center’s Legal Wellness Institute takes us through the details of the process and answers questions on SSI, SSDI and special rules and processes for Cancer.