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MYTH BUSTED: Even Those With Rare, Fatal Diseases Have to Wait a Long Time Before Receiving Help


The Social Security Disability program process is usually time-consuming. A common myth is that even with a diagnosis of a rare, fatal disease, applicants to the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Disability program will still have to wait a long time before receiving help. The truth is that those who suffer from rare, fatal diseases, and in which recovery and the ability to work again is not expected, may receive benefits immediately through the Compassionate Allowances provided by the SSA. For example, a diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) allows the beneficiary to have the 5-month waiting period waived.

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