MELVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Long Island Congressman Steve Israel has introduced new legislation aimed at helping the terminally ill.
The bill would eliminate the five-month mandatory waiting period for receiving Social Security Disability payments for those who are given 12 months or less to live.
Israel said under the current rules, many terminally ill patients will not receive the benefits before they die.
“The Social Security Administration’s response is it will take an act of Congress to change this,” Rep. Israel said.
And that’s what Israel intends to do. The congressman said he expects bi-partisan support for legislation that’s about showing the government has compassion.
“This disability payment is their money. They shouldn’t have to wait to receive it,” Rep. Israel said.
Israel said he was moved to act after he was contacted by Edward and Susan Young of Dix Hills.