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I Have Cancer. Can I Get Disability Benefits?

MRI machineAlmost 1,700,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer this year.  The National Cancer Institute estimates that 454 people out of 100,000 will be diagnosed with cancer. For many people getting the disease means severe illness and the inability to continue working to pay their bills. Do these needy people qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits?

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hand in airHistory of Social Security Disability

Relatives, friends and faith-based groups have historically been the predominate caretakers of people who were too ill or too old to work. However, this system has always allowed some people to fall through the cracks. Living off of donations barely allowed some people to subsist. Governments began instituting programs paid for by tax payers in an effort to create a better and more standard method of care.

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fact or myth signpostSSDI Myths

The Social Security disability is a huge government bureaucratic program with many rules and challenges developed over the past sixty plus years. As such, several myths have arisen and are commonly believed. We will look at a few of these myths and explain the truths behind them.

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man thinking-250Available Free or Low Cost Healthcare

When the Affordable Care Act was proposed many people thought they would receive free healthcare courtesy of the new law. Over the years many have come to realize that they are still left in a gap- unable to afford the monthly cost or deductible and also unable to pay for doctors and treatment. Many people with disabling conditions find themselves between a rock and a hard place trying to get treatment and need to know where to go to see a healthcare provider.

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SSA LogoSocial Security Disability Statistics for July 2016

Statistics provided by the Social Security Administration follow a couple months behind. Here is the latest information.

Number of people receiving Social Security disability benefits who are disabled, under age 65-
    The average monthly benefit amount for a disabled worker was $1,166.

Number of people receiving SSI only age 18 to 64-
       4,877,000 with an average monthly pay of $561.  

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