In 2015, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer. This alarming statistic affects people and families all over the world. On June 7, 2015, we observed National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In an effort to continue and increase cancer awareness, please encourage friends and loved ones to adhere to regular medical checkups, early detection, and awareness, while honoring the survivors who have gone through this battle and defeated the disease.

The Social Security Administration actually offers services to patients suffering from this disease through a separate disability program, as well as a benefit program called “Compassionate Allowances”. Compassionate Allowances are cases with medical conditions so severe they obviously meet Social Security’s disability standards, allowing for a quicker processing than cases with minimal medical information.

There is no special application or form you need to submit for Compassionate Allowances. Simply apply for disability benefits using the standard Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application. Once identified as having a Compassionate Allowances condition, they will expedite your disability application.

For more information about the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances program, or to view the conditions currently listed, I encourage you to visit: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.

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– John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz ; or online at: www.homecarepartnersma.com

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