A diagnosis of cancer immediately changes the focus of your life and that of your family. As a Missouri resident, you may wonder if you can receive financial assistance through the Social Security Administration to help pay the bills if you can no longer work. The short answer to the question is maybe. Navigating the process required to apply is often complicated and time-consuming.
The Cancer Support Community reports that the SSA uses the Blue Book, a medical resource, when determining whether you are eligible for financial assistance. While some hard to treat or aggressive cancers qualify with only a diagnosis, most require additional proof for approval. Reviewing this resource with your oncologist may shed more light on whether you will qualify.