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For more information about each of these subjects, see the documents in "To Learn More."

Health coverage

If you do not have health insurance, check to see if you qualify for a government health plan known as Medicaid (Medi-cal in California).

If you do not qualify because you have too much income or too many assets, you may be able to take steps to qualify for coverage immediately..


If you become unable to work, you may be entitled to income from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and to Medicare 29 months after the onset of disability.

Also explore whether you are entitled to an income from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or any state programs.

If your breast cancer is arguably work related

If your breast cancer is somehow work related, you may be entitled to Workers Compensation.


If your income is low, or stops altogether, you may be entitled to food stamps.

Other benefits

There may be state and local benefits for which qualify, or could qualify.

NOTE: When you have contact with people in the government: Be friendly. (We refer to it as making a friend.) Make notes.  Keep copies of all documents you send.

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