Below is a press release from Congressman Seth Moulton’s Office:
WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, the United States Senate passed the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act, a companion bill to Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) legislation, H.R. 1407. The bill would eliminate the five-month waiting period before ALS patients can receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. After the vote, Moulton called on the House of Representatives to bring the bill to the floor before the end of the year.
“It is shameful that in America, we make ALS patients wait five months for benefits that are theirs by right. Many Americans with ALS die waiting for Social Security payments that could help provide them and their families with some security,” Moulton said. “I’m glad the Senate has taken action. This bill has more than 300 House cosponsors, enough to pass if it came up for a vote. What are we waiting for? ALS patients don’t have time for Congress’s political inaction.”
In February of 2019, Rep. Moulton, along with Congressman Peter King (R-NY), re-introduced H.R. 1407 to the House of Representatives. U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced a companion bill in the Senate.
The intended purpose of a five-month waiting period for SSDI benefits is to allow temporary conditions to reverse. However, there is currently no cure or treatment to halt or undo the effects of ALS, and some ALS patients lose their fight with the disease before ever receiving benefits. Moulton’s ALS Disability Insurance Access Act would help alleviate some of the financial hardship that accompanies an ALS diagnosis, and support those living with ALS and their families by ending the waiting period requirement, and allowing anyone diagnosed with ALS to access their benefits upon diagnosis.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease affecting the ability of the brain to control muscle movements. People with ALS progressively lose the ability to speak, walk, and breathe.
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