Can I receive Social Security disability if I am already getting hospice care in Texas?

Yes, if you have worked long enough to qualify for Social Security disability benefits and you are currently receiving inpatient or at-home hospice care, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

It’s Not Too Late

Since you are receiving hospice care, you are receiving palliative care for your pain management and comfort, but you are no longer receiving treatment for your terminal illness. Additionally, hospice has determined that your condition is likely to result in death within the next six months. Thus, you may not only qualify for Social Security disability benefits, but you may also qualify for a quick review of your application pursuant to the Social Security Administration’s Terminal Illness Program (TERI).

Why Social Security Disability Is Still Important

You likely are too ill to work and to earn an income while you are receiving hospice care. However, your daily living expenses may have increased as you need more care due to your illness. Social Security disability can help you by replacing a portion of your income during this difficult time and reducing your need to rely on others.

How to Get the Help You Need

Dealing with bureaucratic paperwork is probably very low on the list of things you want to deal with right now. However, applying for this government benefit—which you’ve earned through your years of paying into the Social Security system—does not have to be a burden. Instead, you have the right to have an experienced Texas Social Security disability lawyer help you get the benefits for which you qualify. To learn more, please call us today.

Carl M. Weisbrod
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Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law