No one ever wants to hear the devastating news that people have a serious disease. For parents in West Virginia and other states across the nation, there is no way to prepare for the horrible news that their child has cancer. Unfortunately, thousands of Americans under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer every year, and for many, this is a disabling disease that tremendously impacts the sufferer's life.
When it comes to Social Security disability, there are programs available for these young cancer sufferers. Although most children with cancer have not paid Social Security taxes and thus cannot be covered by Social Security disability benefits through Social Security disability insurance, these children could still receive disability benefits through the Supplemental Security Income program. SSI is available for disabled children who have limited income and resources.