The process of securing benefits through the Social Security Administration can be lengthy and complex. It can take months to complete the process, and many first-time applicants may not get approval on their first attempt. Thanks to new changes, it may be easier for some applicants, specifically those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, to get the financial support they need in a timely manner.
ALS is a degenerative disease that causes victims to suffer from neurological problems. Over time, they lose the ability to function normally, control movements and work. Those who suffer from ALS eventually have to stop working, and their spouses may not be able to work as they may be required to provide full-time care for their loved one. This can leave a California family struggling financially.
Recently, advocates for ALS families celebrated a victory when legislation was passed that would make it easier and faster to get disability benefits. Applicants with ALS no longer have to wait for the five-month waiting period in order to get Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. When they get SSDI/SSI, they will also have access to health coverage through Medicare.
Even with an expedited process, California applicants with ALS will find it beneficial to work with an experienced attorney as they seek disability benefits. It can be difficult and confusing to pursue this type of financial support ,but it does not have to be done alone. Knowledgeable guidance will make it less likely an applicant will make an error that will ultimately cause complications and setbacks.