Hi cginsd-ga ?
There are a variety of courses you can take to get assistance for your
father if he is disabled. Early-stage lung cancer may very well
qualify him to be classified as disabled, but this has to be
established to the satisfaction of the agencies to which you are
applying for help.
Four possible sources of help for your father would be:
SSI, a Federal program supplying income payments;
administered by the US Social Security Administration
Medi-Cal, the California Medicaid program; administered by
the State of California.
Food Stamps, a Federal program administered by the State.
Cash Assistance (Relief), a State program administered by the County.
Note: If a person qualifies for SSI he will automatically get
Medi-Cal, but will not be eligible for Food Stamps.
Lung cancer may entitle your father to payments under the Federal
government's SSI Program.
From the SSI website:
"SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income. Social Security
administers this program.
"We pay monthly benefits to people with limited income and resources
who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or older...."
Step by step instructions for applying for SSI stress that the
applicant must provide to the SS office a completed Application;
Medical Proof of the disability (or inability to work); and Proof of
Need. These are spelled out at:
Documents needed to apply for SSI:
Social Security Number
Proof of age (e.g., birth certificate or other documents showing your
date of birth)
Proof of citizenship (e.g., birth or baptismal certificate, passport
Proof of income (e.g., if any)
Proof of resources (e.g., bank statements, deed of house, life insurance policies)
Proof of living arrangements (e.g., rent receipt, SSN's of other
family members in a household)
Medical sources (reports of medical condition; names, addresses of
doctors with dates of last treatment)
Work history (jobs held, dates, days worked per week in the 15 years
before disability set in)
"What is Medi-Cal
"Medi-Cal is California?s Medicaid health care program. This program
pays for a variety of medical services for children and adults with
limited income and resources. Medi-Cal is supported by federal and
state taxes. You can apply for Medi-Cal benefits regardless of sex,
race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital
status, age, disability, or veteran status. If you are found (or
determined) eligible, you can continue to get Medi-Cal as long as you
continue to meet the eligibility requirements."
"Who can get Medi-Cal?
"People in many different situations qualify for Medi-Cal. They are
listed below. ...
"You may automatically be eligible for Medi-Cal if you receive cash
assistance under one of the following programs:
* SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Program)
* CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to
Kids). Previously called Aid to Families with Dependent Children
* Refugee Assistance
* Foster Care or Adoption Assistance Program.
"Even if you don?t receive cash assistance, you may be eligible for
Medi-Cal if you are one of the following:
* 65 or older
To see the steps in the Medi-Cal application process go to the website below:
Your San Diego County Medi-Cal Office has the following web address:
"Who can receive food stamp benefits?
"You may be eligible to receive food stamp benefits, whether or not
you work, if you have a low income."
"Where do I go to apply for food stamp benefits?
There are over 240 food stamp offices in California operated by local
county welfare departments. Low-income people may apply for food
stamps at any office located in the county where they live. To find
information on your county click on the link County Welfare
CASH ASSISTANCE (General Assistance/General Relief)
THE GA/GR programs are administered by the county. Most often
recipients are households with children. Here is the website of the
SanDiego office concerned with general relief. It has a phone number
so you could perhaps talk to someone about the possibilities for help.
I'd like to remind you that a person receiving SSI benefits cannot get
Food Stamps. As I mentioned above, if your father qualifies for SSI,
they will enroll him in Medi-Cal.
The most beneficial source of help seems to be SSI. It is unlikely
that your father would qualify for Medi-Cal without it, although
separate evidence for disability could be presented to Medi-Cal
Perhaps the best thing to do is make two visits: one to the Social
Security Administration Office nearest you
(https://s044a90.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp and the other to the
County Welfare Office
It is a guess, but I imagine that a sympathetic physician would be
very helpful in your quest to help out your father. For SSI, a
physician must attest to the medical condition which makes it unlikely
or impossible for your father to sustain a job.
I am not an attorney or an official, so I can only suggest the above
websites as resources for you to follow. I wish you luck in getting
assistance for your father.
All the best,