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S. 578 (116th): ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Dec 10, 2020 (Passed Congress).

One Hundred Sixteenth Congress of the United States of America

2d Session

S. 578



To amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the five-month waiting period for disability insurance benefits under such title for individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019.


Elimination of waiting period for social security disability insurance benefits for disabled individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)


In general

Section 223(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 423(a)(1)) is amended in the matter following subparagraph (E) by striking or (ii) and inserting (ii) in the case of an individual who has been medically determined to have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, for each month beginning with the first month during all of which the individual is under a disability and in which the individual becomes entitled to such insurance benefits, or (iii).


Effective date

The amendment made by this section shall apply with respect to applications for disability insurance benefits filed after the date of the enactment of this Act.

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate