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The federal government plans to make $50 million available immediately for cutting-edge Alzheimer’s disease research, reflecting the urgency in combatting the disease and providing a reminder that those with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease now can benefit from fast-track evaluation for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare plan selection services.
An additional $80 million for Alzheimer’s research also is planned for 2013, as announced recently by the White House. Some 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, a progressive, irreversible brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills. The new funding follows the National Alzheimer’s Project Act of January 2011 that called for an aggressive and coordinated national Alzheimer’s disease plan. The Social Security Administration (SSA) also added early-onset Alzheimer’s disease to its Compassionate Allowances program, a list of conditions that qualify for accelerated, or fast-track, processing for Social Security disability benefits.
“It’s important to Alzheimer’s disease sufferers that federal programs are taking into account the ravages of this disease, especially when it’s detected early, including the impact it can have on younger Alzheimer's patients who are forced to quit working because of the disease,” said David Bueltemann, Allsup manager of senior claimant representatives. “U.S. population trends indicate more people are going to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and it’s important that people know they can receive their Social Security disability benefits faster through the Compassionate Allowances program.”
Social Security Disability Insurance is a federally mandated disability insurance program overseen by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that operates separately from the retirement and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) programs. SSDI provides monthly benefits to individuals who are under full retirement age (age 65 or older) and who can no longer work because of a disability (injury, illness or condition) that is expected to last for more than 12 months or is terminal. Individuals must have paid FICA taxes to be eligible.