Five Month Waiting Period for Disability Social Security May Soon Be Scrapped for ALS Patients

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Currently, disability social security policies require a five month waiting period for the approval and release of disability benefits to victims of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The length of the waiting period can be attributed to the sheer volume of applicants and the actual process required by the application.

Depending on where you sit in the queue, you sometimes can’t even be guaranteed that you will be approved within this waiting period. Any back payments can therefore be made past five months.

Immediacy of Need

For many citizens suffering such a disability, this amount of time may prove to be too long and perhaps, too late, especially when they are seeking treatment. For example, patients of ALS suffer from progressive symptoms, such as difficulty in walking, constantly tripping or falling and general weakening of the muscles. Eventually, they may even lose the capability of holding their head up, which affects breathing, speaking, swallowing and chewing.

While there is no treatment that can reverse the effects of ALS, there are ways to slow down the progression of ALS and improve the quality of the patient’s life. Medications, breathing care and physical therapy can help the patient maintain muscle strength for as long as possible. The concern, however, is that as much as nearly half of those with the disease may die within as few as 16 months after diagnosis. Read more from this blog. http://bit.ly/2mMCaKV

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