For a long time, Kansas residents with ALS were impacted by a serious oversight in the law. Even after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, they were expected to wait up to five months for Social Security Disability benefits to start. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS drastically weakens the muscles and can even make it difficult to speak and swallow.
Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is a program designed for people who have worked in the past but can’t any longer. Qualifying is based on the length of time someone has worked and the disability that is keeping them out of the workforce. Applicants have to provide comprehensive information about their diagnosis and work history to be approved.
ALS and its effects
ALS attacks the nervous system. When someone is diagnosed with this condition, they’ve typically developed symptoms like weakness, weight loss, trouble swallowing and speaking. ALS is also devastating financially. Recently, the Senate formed an ALS caucus. A bill that they backed was designed to waive the five-month waiting requirement for people diagnosed with this condition. In late March, President Biden signed this bill into law.
The new law affects anyone with ALS, whether they applied before or after it became law. If you or a loved one has been denied Social Security Disability benefits for a serious condition, it’s a good idea to contact a lawyer. Some attorneys deal with the Social Security Administration on a regular basis. They may understand the application process and system in more depth than you do. It’s possible that they may be able to help you get the SSDI benefits you are entitled to.