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How Social Security and Sharsheret Help Women With Cancer

June 21, 2022 • By

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Last Updated: June 21, 2022

A woman with cancer is next to her daughter. A girl is hugging a woman happyA cancer diagnosis can be scary and life changing. It often comes with decisions, uncertainties, and a lot of new information that can be confusing. Sharsheret helps women and families living with or at increased genetic risk for breast or ovarian cancer. Through personalized support and educational outreach, our programs are designed to support you through your cancer journey.

Often, the financial burden that comes with a cancer diagnosis is significant. Taking control of your economic security during and after a health crisis is a vital part of a woman’s cancer journey. Sharsheret’s Financial Wellness Toolkit provides information on all aspects of planning your future.

Sharsheret also offers the Best Face Forward 2.0 subsidies program which provides eligible individuals with services and financial help for non-medical services. These services include:

  • Wigs (cranial hair prostheses).
  • Cold caps (scalp cooling treatments).
  • Tattooing (three-dimensional micropigmentation of the nipple and areola).
  • Tattooing of the eyebrows (microblading).
  • Holistic services, such as meditation and yoga, are also included.

If cancer interferes with working, Social Security offers programs that may help. Disability claims involving certain cancers – including specific breast and ovarian cancers – qualify for expedited processing by Social Security under its Compassionate Allowances initiative. Please visit the Disability Benefits page to learn more about the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs.

Sharsheret can help guide women through this journey. Please share this information with your friends and family.

Our posting of this blog does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of any non-Social Security organization, author, or webpages.

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  1. Sharlene N.

    When I get my car accident settlement how long do I have to spend the money on bills, medical and non-medical needs etc? And when does it have to be reported by? Do you have a week do you have 30 days or is there a certain day of the month?

  2. Sharlene N.

    I will be getting a car accident settlement in the future and we’ll need to use a lot of the money to be able to move to a new location in a downstairs unit so I can get in and out of my apartment because of my additional disabilities. I know I need to report the money when I get it but I don’t know if I need to report it as a wage or how I report it and if saving receipts or proof of what money has to be spent for moving expenses and Medical and non-medical items needed to help my disability so I can survive. What are the requirements for showing proof of my expenditures so not all of that money is counted against me?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Sharlene. Unfortunately, your question is a bit more complex than we can answer in this forum. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.


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