Disability Benefits for children with cancer

The Social Security Administration does not provide disability benefits for all types of cancer, however, if your child’s disability is listed in the Social Security’s Blue Book of Impairments or qualifies the SSI Disability you may be provided benefits to cover the costs of most of the disease expenses.

Hearing the news that your child has been diagnosed with cancer can be devastating enough. Unfortunately, in order for your child to be qualified under SSDI benefits he/she will have to meet all of the criteria for social security’s basic disability requirements under SSA.  You can read more on that in point 25.

Medical bills can skyrocket when your child is undergoing treatment. Bills could increase even more when you have to provide and care for additional siblings and travelling to and fro from your workplace for treatment. You could also have to leave your job to facilitate treatment in another city. SSA provides basic care through Medicaid and SSI benefits to the most deserving. SSA will evaluate the extent of the severity of the cancer by looking into the so-called “Blue book”, that is a standard guide used to evaluate claimants and decide whether they meet medical eligibility requirements for SSDI.

Medical eligibility for children with cancer

All childhood cancers are listed in the section 113 of the Blue Book. While determining the severity to qualify your child for SSDI, the SSA will look for

  • The origin of child’s cancer and the treatment time it took;

A point to remember is any brain cancer will automatically be considered for SSDI. You would just have to produce a biopsy report or a written medical record issued by child’s oncologist.

  • The advancement of the disease and whether it left any long lasting effects;

This includes any side effects that SSA will directly consider for SSDI including

  • Stomach issues
  • Ongoing weakness
  • Mental health issues after the treatment or due to the treatment
  • Neurological complications
  • Cardiovascular complications
  • The impact of post treatment side effects or if there was any relapse

The SSDI would consider the child if he/she shows visible limitations in performing daily tasks, or speech impairment or any issues such as

  • Unable to be present minded, attending to or completing tasks
  • Interacting or relating to others
  • Learning and using new information
  • Health and physical wellbeing affected
  • Unable to tend to personal needs
  • Moving about or manipulating physical objects
  • The duration, frequency and time of treatments for each type of cancer

For this it is important that your medical records show drugs given, dosage, frequency or treatment drugs, extent of treatment drugs, radiation therapy frequency and any surgery done. Children with specific types of cancers are given priority under SSDI that have a higher chance of being affected like the above mentioned cases. These include:

  • Malignant solid tumors
  • Childhood lymphoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Retina blastoma
  • Ependymoblastoma
  • Malignant melanoma

Considering the situation of your child thoroughly, the SSA will state on your application why your application was denied. You could not apply to the social security benefits online, so to make the best of your chance and to find out more about the functioning and domains of how SSDI benefits cover your child’s cancer treatments, you can contact our professional lawyers at Disability Advocates Group Law Firm (DAG)  who are ready to provide you all the assistance you need. Once the application is approved you could then focus on the most important matter at hand, caring for your child in disease.