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Depending on your particular circumstances, you may be entitled to the following government income and health related benefits:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance, which is an income based on work history and being unable to work ("disability").
    • A claim for Social Security Disability Insurance is processed quickly becuase there is an assumption that you are "disabled" within the meaning of the law if you have a case of large intestine cancer with distant metastasis or large intestine cancer that is inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent. In these situations, you qualify for faster claim processing under the Social Security Compassionate Allowances guidelines.
  • Supplemental Security Income which is an income for people with a low income and minimal assets other than a house
  • Health insurance [through Medicare or Medicaid (known as Medi-cal in California) or the VA] 
  • Food assistance (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps).

There are no government benefits which distinguish between colorectal cancer and other health conditions or whether your health condition is just diagnosed or is advanced.

For information about each of the above government programs, see the documents in "To Learn More."

NOTE:  If you do not currently qualify, you may be able to take steps to qualify. 

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