Bipartisan Legislation Eliminates Five-Month Waiting Period for SSDI Benefits for People Diagnosed with ALS
The ALS Disability Insurance Access Act was reintroduced in the 116th Congress this week as S.578 in the Senate by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR). Representatives Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Peter King (R-NY) introduced the companion bill in the House as H.R.1407.
The bill was introduced with strong bipartisan support from 40 senators and 90 representatives.
Last year, thanks to your advocacy, the bill gained considerable momentum. Within three months of the 2018 National ALS Advocacy Conference, more than one-third of Congress supported the bill. Within seven months, for the first time ever, the bill was considered for passage through the Senate via unanimous consent.
Multiple research studies indicate that people who have served in the military are at far greater risk of developing ALS and dying from the disease than those with no history of military service.
The ALS Association is honored to work with more than 20,000 people with ALS annually, including active duty military and veterans, through our nationwide system of chapters.