Bill Introduced to End SSDI 5-Month Wait for Beneficiaries with Terminal Illnesses

Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Expedited Disability Insurance Payments for Terminally Ill Individuals Act of 2013 (S. 1311). The bill would expedite the payment of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to individuals with terminal illnesses (who are not expected to live more than 6 months) by eliminating the 5-month wait period for benefits. Instead, qualified individuals would see their benefits phased in over 2 months, would receive full scheduled benefits in months 3 to 12, would receive benefits in months 12 to 24 that are reduced by a pro rata share of the total amount of benefits paid during what would otherwise be the five month waiting period, and would receive benefits in year 3 and beyond that are 95% of the regular benefit. The bill was referred to the Committee on Finance.