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Can a person with a terminal illness qualify for disability benefits?

Yes. The requirements for disability benefits for a person with a terminal illness are no different than the requirements for disability benefits for a person with a non-terminal illness. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has special procedures for deciding claims involving terminal illnesses more quickly than other claims. The SSA may become aware of the potentially terminal illness through statements from the disabled person, a friend, family member, doctor or other medical source. Other indications, such as the registration of a person in a Medicare-designated hospice, or a person receiving hospice care, also indicate a potentially terminal illness.
  1. What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI Disability?
  2. Do Social Security disability benefits expire?
  3. Can a person with a terminal illness qualify for disability benefits?
  4. How does Social Security decide if I am disabled?
  5. I am currently receiving Social Security disability benefits. Will my benefits be affected if I earn additional money?
  6. What is the earliest age at which I can receive Social Security disability benefits?
  7. How many credits are required to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits?
  8. Will I speed up the review process if I re-submit my application or my case profile?
  9. Can Social Security take away my SSDI benefits?
  10. I currently receive Social Security disability income benefits, but my disabilities have worsened and I have other health problems. Can my monthly benefit amount be increased?

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