Cancer & Disability Insurance

If individuals diagnosed with cancer need to take time off work due to their medical condition, disability insurance can help to replace lost wages. This page contains information about disability insurance options, how to apply, how to appeal a denial of benefits, how disability insurance works with other benefits and legal protections, and other important information.

While these materials and resources are designed for individuals diagnosed with cancer, caregivers, and health care professionals, they are helpful to anyone with a serious medical condition, or anyone who wants to learn about their rights.

Quick Guides, Checklists, & Other Materials

These Quick Guides and Checklists will explain the different kinds of disability insurance, when benefits will start, tips for applying and appealing denials of coverage, and things to consider when you are getting disability benefits. These materials present information in a brief, easy-to-digest, printable format to take some of the stress out of this process. If you are looking for a more comprehensive breakdown, see our Practical Guides to Cancer Rights.

Animated Videos, Podcast, & Webinars

In terms you can understand, the How to Triage Cancer Podcast dives into disability insurance and key things you need to know. Best part? No subscription required! If you aren't quite sure where to start, we recommend our animated video on “How to Take Time Off and Pay For It” for a brief introduction. And, if you are looking for a more comprehensive explanation of disability insurance, then webinars are for you.

Cancer Finances: Disability Insurance

If you're not sure exactly where to start with disability insurance, this Cancer Finances module is for you! This interactive toolkit will walk you through a series of questions to help you find the information that you are looking for and that applies to you.

State Laws

Understanding state laws related to disability insurance is important, because sometimes they provide more protection than federal laws. Our Chart of State Laws will take you through laws related to disability insurance in your state.

One-on-one Help

Triage Cancer Legal & Financial Navigation Program

Triage Cancer has a free Legal & Financial Navigation Program that provides one-on-one assistance on a variety of topics, including disability insurance and employment, to empower you to confidently take next steps.

For Health Care Professionals

These materials are designed specifically for health care professionals helping their clients navigate disability insurance.