Congress Passes Bill Opening Support Programs Earlier For Patients With ALS.

January 20, 2021

NPR (1/20, Andrews) reports “a decade-long campaign by advocates highlighting” the fact that “people with ALS often must quit their jobs...leaving families in financial distress” was granted “a victory last month when Congress passed a bill opening key support programs earlier for ALS patients.” In December, President “Trump signed the bill into law. It eliminates for ALS patients the required five-month waiting period to begin receiving benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program, which replaces at least part of a disabled worker’s income.” According to NPR, “gaining SSDI will also give these patients immediate access to Medicare health coverage.”

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