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CLC Launches New Social Security Application Assistance Program

Hello, my name is Meghan, and I am the newest member of the Cancer Legal Care team. I am so excited to share that CLC has launched a new program to better serve Minnesotans impacted by cancer. 

CLC’s Social Security Application Assistance Program is designed to assist cancer patients whose high cost of treatment and inability to work is impacting their economic security. 

For many cancer patients, Social Security benefits are essential to the patient’s well-being and quality of life. These benefits help to replace income lost when a cancer patient finds themselves no longer able to work (likely at the same time they are being swamped with medical bills). But what we have heard from our clients is that the process of applying for these necessary benefits can be overwhelming, adding another layer of stress to an already challenging time. In response, the Social Security Application Assistance Program was born to provide more advocacy and support to cancer patients. As the managing attorney of this new program, it is my hope that CLC will be able to reduces barriers and stress for disabled cancer patients applying for Social Security benefits.   

Cancer patients or caregivers who are looking for assistance applying for Social Security benefits can contact me at 651-917-9000, ext 702 or meghan@cancerlegalcare.org.  There will be no fee charged to clients eligible for this program. CLC does not collect a fee from our client’s benefits.

Want to learn more about our new program? Keep reading and please join me for a short webinar on February 2, 2023 from 12:15pm to 12:45pm. You can register here.

Frequently Asked Questions – CLC’s Application Assistance Program.

What help is available?

Eligible clients will receive help completing applications and gathering and submitting important evidence. We assist with applications for Social Security disability benefits (SSDI or RSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

CLC provides thorough and complete legal representation from the start of the application process until the application is approved. Throughout the process, CLC will work to ensure that the client’s application is timely and properly processed. 

If you are unsure whether Social Security disability benefits are an option for you, we can provide information to help you figure out if you are eligible and if applying is the right choice for you and your family. 

Who is eligible for the program?

Cancer patients living in Minnesota, 65 and younger, who are no longer able to work, and meet our income guidelines will be eligible for the Social Security Application Assistance Program.

Are there any costs to the clients?

For eligible clients, the Social Security Application Assistance Program is free. CLC will not charge clients or collect a fee from a client’s benefits. To find out if you are eligible, please contact us.

Do you help with claims for children?

Yes. We will assist families who are applying for benefits for their child with cancer.

Do I need to meet with the attorney in person?

No. All services can be provided over the phone.  If a client prefers, we can also meet virtually. 

Do you help with requests for reconsiderations or hearings?

We will help with requests for reconsiderations for clients who are eligible for our program. Currently, we are unable to help with claims at the hearing level. We are hoping to build capacity for this in the near future.

How do I find out if I am eligible for CLC’s Social Security Application Assistance Program?

Contact Meghan at 651-917-9000, ext 702 or meghan@cancerlegalcare.org.

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