"Americans who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness should be spending their time with their loved ones, not struggling to pay their bills," said
In addition to
The Expedited Disability Insurance Payments for Terminally Ill Individuals Act, (S. 2262) expedites the payment of
- First month: 50 percent of monthly benefits.
- Second month: 75 percent of monthly benefits.
- Third-twelfth months: 100 percent of monthly benefits.
- Year Two: The benefit amount for each month is the regular monthly benefit minus a pro rata share of the total amount of benefits paid during what would otherwise be the five- month waiting period.
- Year Three and beyond: The benefit amount for each month is 95 percent of the regular benefit.
How to Qualify for Expedited Payments:
The bill eliminates the five-month waiting period for any person diagnosed to be terminally ill. "Terminally ill" is defined as a person that has a medical prognosis that his or her life expectancy is six months or less. To prevent fraud and abuse, at least two physicians, who are unrelated and not in the same physician group practice, must certify that the individual is terminally ill.
The bill requires a yearly report from the commissioner and the inspector general of the