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Disability benefits for cancer victims

Cancer victims in Tennessee may be aware that they may be entitled to disability benefits to supplement income lost due to illness and to cover expenses related to medical treatment and recovery.

A person unable to work because of a cancer diagnosis should find out if his or her employer provides long-term disability insurance which may supplement 60 to 70 percent of a person's earnings. However, an employee with cancer should read the policy details to understand if cancer fits the policy's definition of disabled and the amount of a monthly benefit.

A waiting period may be required before benefits begin and income received from long-term disability benefits may be taxable. If the waiting period is long, an employee may also question a company benefits representative about a short-term disability option, which may provide income during the waiting period.

Long-time employees have contributed to Social Security through payroll deduction and may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits, which have a stringent approval process, but some cancer patients may receive approval without delay. If an initial request is rejected, an appeal for SSD benefits may be possible. An employee may ask for a review of the appeal in case that is also rejected. Anyone applying for disability benefits should know that they cannot receive benefits until they have experienced the disability for at least six months.

For families with a disabled member, Supplemental Security Income can provide extra household income if the family meets the conditions of low income and limited assets, or the disabled family member is 65 or older or is visually impaired. SSI pays a monthly income that may vary from state to state or may change from year to year.

Apart from these kinds of assistance, a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grant can be requested, which pays a monthly amount to needy families to cover expenses related to food, clothing, medical needs, transportation and other basic living needs that are not covered by Medicaid.

Source: Cancer.org, "Health Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient," Accessed on May 22, 2015

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