Metastatic breast cancer makes you “presumptively eligible” for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) through their Compassionate Allowances Program, but it is not a guarantee. You still need to apply and meet the SSA’s technical qualification rules which include strict financial limits for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or work credit requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).The Webinar looked at the following questions:
- What are the different types of disability insurance?
- What are the differences between SSI and SSDI?
- How can I improve the changes of my application being approved?
- How can I speed up the application process?
- What happens if my application is denied?
- How do I find a disability insurance attorney?
Joanna Fawzy Morales, Esq. is a cancer rights attorney, author, speaker, and CEO of Triage Cancer, a national, nonprofit organization connecting people to cancer survivorship information through educational events, speakers bureau, and online materials and resources. She also serves as Principal of North Star Alliances, a business consulting and service firm.
She has served the cancer community for more than twenty-three years, including at Triage Cancer, as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School teaching a course in Cancer Rights Law, and at the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s Psychosocial Care Program. Mrs. Morales has presented hundreds of seminars on employment, insurance, health care, and advocacy issues throughout the country.
Mrs. Morales has been published in a variety of publications and serves on numerous health community committees and boards, including the American Cancer Society California Division Board of Directors. She was also recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal in 2010, as one of the “Top 20 Attorneys in California Under the Age of 40.”
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