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Information about all aspects of finances affected by a serious health condition. Includes income sources such as work, investments, and private and government disability programs, and expenses such as medical bills, and how to deal with financial problems.
Information about all aspects of health care from choosing a doctor and treatment, staying safe in a hospital, to end of life care. Includes how to obtain, choose and maximize health insurance policies.
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Post Treatment 6 months +

If you are unable to work or may be unable to work in the foreseeable future, there are guidelines to make life easier.

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If you may need to stop work:

  • Learn about the disability income sources to which you may be entitled. Check benefits at work. Look at the requirements for obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). You paid premiums from withholding. See if you qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
  • If you are going to apply for SSDI or SSI: Only one third of applicants for SSDI are awarded an income. Survivorship A to Z provides easy-to-use information for applying as an educated consumer that makes it more likely to get a "yes" when applying for SSDI and/or SSI.
  • If you already have an income from either SSDI or SSI: Survivorship A to Z provides information about keeping your income, including what to do if an investigator shows up. We also provide tips to make the transition easier and explain your ongoing rights, such as keeping Medicare.
  • If you have health insurance through work and will continue coverage through a COBRA type law, start thinking about how to pay for the premium.

Home health care is available for many situations that used to require hospitalization. Home health care is generally covered by health insurance.

Get your legal affairs in order. (We call the subject "Planning Ahead"). Please do not assume from this that we are suggesting you are going to die sometime soon. Your prognosis depends on many factors, including the type of cancer, your physical condition and your access to the best cancer care. However, it is better to be safe than sorry. And what we are suggesting is what we suggest to everyone. Life is fragile.

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