New Bill Proposed to Phase-In Social Security Payments for Those With Terminal Illnesses

The process of applying for Social Security benefits can take a great deal of time, which is why a new bill has been proposed to help those with terminal illnesses get their benefits quicker. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Rodney Davis.

Waiting for Social Security Benefits

Many who apply for Social Security benefits deal with the cumbersome process of completing applications, getting turned down and then reapplying. Weeks and months can go by without access to much-needed funds. Under the current system, those with terminal illnesses may not receive benefits in time for them to positively impact their remaining days.

The Basics of the Proposed Bill

If passed, this new legislation would provide for phased-in payments for those eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits during the waiting period for those with a terminal illness. The bill was introduced in late May and referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

This bill would eliminate the waiting period for those diagnosed with terminal illnesses and phase-in their payments. For example they could receive 50% of their monthly benefits within the first month and this amount would increase incrementally each month until full benefits kick-in.

This is not the first time that such a bill has been proposed. When an individual who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness applies for Social Security disability benefits, the Social Security Administration will generally process the application quickly, however many who apply consult with a Chicago Social Security attorney for further information on the process.

For those whose case has been designated as a terminal illness claim, or TERI, the Social Security Administration is required to expedite the application process. The Social Security Administration has strict definitions of the conditions which may be classified as terminal, and one must meet their qualifications in order to be eligible for this fast-tracked application Social Security Disability benefit program.

Most who have diagnosed with a terminal illness find themselves unable to work. This, along with medical and other care-taking costs can place a tremendous financial strain on the family of the disabled person. The Social Security Disability programs were designed to ease these burdens by providing financial assistance to anyone who is unable to work and provide for their needs and their family because of a disabling condition.