Pass the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act

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The ALS Disability Insurance Access Act (S.379/H.R.1171) will waive the 5-month waiting period for patients with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) before receiving benefits under Social Security Disability Insurance.  Due to the progressive nature of this disease, waiting five months can be a matter of life and death. Getting social security benefits is the first step towards getting on Medicare which is sometimes the only way ALS patients can afford to live at a nursing home or get the expensive life-support equipment needed for living with ALS.  When we get a significant amount of signatures on this petition, we will write letters to every member of congress who has yet to support this bill. The more people who sign this petition, the more our senators and representatives will listen to us.

This petition was started by Scott Gingold, a 38-year old husband and father living with ALS. Scott is an advocate for the ALS Association and the ALS Ride for Life. He is completely paralyzed and on a ventilator for breathing, is fed through a stomach tube, and currently living at a nursing home in Commack, NY. He communicates using a computer that he controls with his eyes, which he uses to write bedtime stories for his daughter. You can help support his wife and 6-year old daughter through GoFundMe:  https://www.gofundme.com/qcxq4-darby039s-daddy



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