Social Security Disability Insurance is an important resource for cancer survivors who cannot work during or after treatment
Belleville, Ill. — July 13, 2016 — The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. is expected to increase to more than 20 million over the next decade. Many of them will not be able to continue or return to work, according to Allsup, a nationwide Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation company.
Allsup team members work with cancer survivors to help them obtain their SSDI benefits. Allsup will sponsor the Survivor’s Tent at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in East St. Louis on Friday, July 22.
“SSDI is an important financial, healthcare and re-employment resource for cancer survivors who can’t work during or after treatment,” said Tai Venuti, Allsup manager of Strategic Alliances. “At the same time they experience lost income, they must deal with increased healthcare costs and physical, psychological and emotional demands.”
The study, Estimating the Health and Economic Burden of Cancer Among Those Diagnosed as Adolescents and Young Adults released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that from 2008-2011, male cancer survivors had annual medical costs of more than $8,000 per person, and productivity losses of $3,700 compared to males without a history of cancer at $3,900 and $2,300 respectively. During the same time, female cancer survivors had $8,400 in annual medical costs per person and $4,000 in productivity losses compared to females without a history of cancer at $5,100 and $2,700, respectively.
Obtaining SSDI benefits can help relieve some of the financial and healthcare stresses, so patients and survivors can focus on their health and well-being.
SSDI helps with finances
The average monthly SSDI payment in 2016 is $1,166. Filing for SSDI also can help cancer survivors protect their retirement income by freezing their Social Security earnings record during their period of disability. Because the years in which they collect SSDI benefits are not counted when computing future benefits, Social Security retirement benefits may be higher than if earnings were averaged over a greater number of years.
SSDI helps with healthcare
Healthcare costs may be mitigated with access to Medicare 24 months after SSDI cash benefits begin.
SSDI helps with returning to work
When and if they are able to re-enter the workforce, cancer survivors who receive SSDI are also eligible for Social Security’s Ticket to Work program, which offers career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training. Visit our web page about returning to work while protecting your SSDI benefits.
Allsup helps with SSDI screening and application
Cancer patients and survivors who have not been able to work or anticipate not being able to work for 12 months or more may be eligible for SSDI benefits. Take a Free SSDI Assessment at Expert.Allsup.com or call (888) 841-2126.