Good News! Due to the hard work of MS Activists over a series of months, the Society recently learned that it has been successful in working alongside the Social Security Administration (SSA) to add aggressive and advanced forms of MS to the “Compassionate Allowance” listing. Society staff and volunteers have been in conversations with SSA to better understand the Compassionate Allowance process and blog readers may remember that two MS activists—Dr. John Booss and Yvonne Brown--testified at a March 2011 Social Security hearing requesting that MS be added.
So what does this victory mean for people living with MS? The Compassionate Allowances Program expedites the review of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applications for diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualifyfor disability insurance based on minimal objective medical information. The benefit of this is two-fold: it gets the sickest and most severely impacted applicants approved for Social Security Disability more quickly and it alleviates the backlog of applications for others in line.
This is a real victory for the MS community!!! This victory is a great example of non-legislative advocacy and, how using our collective voices can lead to real change. We just want to say THANK YOU again for your dedication and commitment to a world free of MS.
Stay tuned for more to come.