People with ALS Can Get Social Security Disability Benefits Sooner

June 17, 2021 • By

Last Updated: June 17, 2021

People with ALS Can Get Social Security Disability Benefits SoonerMay was Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month. ALS is a progressive disease with no known cure. It advances rapidly and attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. On average, 1,000 people with ALS apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits every year.

The ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019 eliminates the required five-month SSDI waiting period for ALS applicants approved for benefits on or after July 23, 2020. The new law, however, does not affect our disability application or determination process.

This past month, we made the ALS claims processing even faster. Our system now automatically eliminates the five-month waiting period for ALS disability insurance claims. Previously, we had to prepare manual awards and send them to our Processing Centers for action—which took much more time. Now, we can help people with this debilitating disease in just a matter of days.

To give a real life example, a claimant with ALS recently submitted to us an online disability application. Using an electronic health exchange, we were able to collect sufficient medical evidence for the claimant and processed the claim in just two days. To learn more about how this process works, please visit our Disability Benefits Approval page.

Do you need to file for disability benefits? If so, we encourage you to apply online. You can check the status of your disability application online with your personal my Social Security account. Please share this information with your family and friends—and post it on social media.

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  2. Sarah P.

    Hi Vonda,

    Can you please tell me the time frame it takes to get an answer for disability when they have piles of medical information? And is there a limit on how long one must wait?

    Thank you.

    • Patty

      Hi, Sarah, thanks for using our Blog. The length of time to get a disability decision varies. Social Security pays disability benefits to people if they have a medical condition that has prevented them from working or is expected to prevent them from working for at least 12 months. We use the same five-step process to make a decision on each application. For more information about the status of your claim, please contact your local Social Security Office. We hope this information is helpful.

  3. Dorien Heuninch

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  7. Maria

    Disability should be treated by the correction and modifications of the environment. The ALS is a life threatening condition where social support, family support are required for proper rehabilitation! The flirtymania plus will let them know how to get connected with the world.

    • Fatama Rahman

      Hi good afternoon and my daughter name is Fatama Rahman and before she find the disability every month say this much I don’t know why don’t she don’t get the money we are given the one application appointment so I go to office I try to do more than calling because I wanna see your same phone no longer I have a new phone number I tried to call more time so I don’t know not answering thankful please call me 309-716-2059

      • Vonda

        For your security, Fatama, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can call your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. We hope this information helps.


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