Congress is currently working on a bill that would allow people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) more quickly.

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and U.S. Congressmen Seth Moulton of Massachusetts and Peter King of New York introduced the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act, which would waive the five-month waiting period for those with ALS and allow them to immediately receive SSDI benefits. Under current law, those with ALS must wait five months before they can begin to receive SSDI and Medicare, regardless of the degree of disability and the complexity of the claims.

In a press release from the ALS Association, the co-sponsors of this bill realized the seriousness of this disease and how rapidly it can spread through the body. The Social Security Administration already has policies in place to expedite the review of ALS claims for SSDI and Supplemental Security Income benefits.

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, leading to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. Unbeknownst to many, veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the rest of the population.

“People with ALS, who have lost the ability to walk, talk and even breathe on their own and who currently do not have an effective treatment option, should not be forced to wait to receive benefits they deserve and have paid for,” ALS Association President/CEO Barb Newhouse said in a statement. “We applaud Senator Whitehouse and Representatives Moulton and King for their leadership in fighting for people with ALS and working to ensure they have access to the vital health and disability benefits that are so essential to everyone living with ALS and their families.”

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