Senate Bill 579
117th Congress(2021-2022)
A bill to make a technical correction to the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019.
Became Law
Became Law
Became Public Law 117-3 on Mar 23, 2021
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
Mar 3, 2021
Latest Action
Mar 23, 2021
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
579
Congress
117
Policy Area
Social Welfare
Social Welfare
Primary focus of measure is public assistance and Social Security programs; social services matters, including community service, volunteer, and charitable activities. Measures concerning such health programs as Medicare and Medicaid may fall under Health policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Indiana
Arkansas
Delaware
Rhode Island
Passed
March 3, 2021
Type
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
A senator may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside a specified rule of procedure so as to expedite proceedings. If no Senator objects, the Senate permits the action, but if any one senator objects, the request is rejected. Unanimous consent requests with only immediate effects are routinely granted, but ones affecting the floor schedule, the conditions of considering a bill or other business, or the rights of other senators, are normally not offered, or a floor leader will object to it, until all senators concerned have had an opportunity to inform the leaders that they find it acceptable.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S1022; text: CR S1029)
Summary

This bill retroactively eliminates the waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for certain individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Under current law, most SSDI recipients must wait five months after becoming disabled before their benefit payments may begin. The ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019 eliminated the waiting period for individuals with ALS but only covers individuals who apply for benefits after the date of enactment (December 20, 2020). As a result, individuals with ALS who applied for SSDI benefits in the five months before that date are still subject to the waiting period. This bill eliminates the waiting period for those individuals.

Actions (14)
03/23/2021
Became Public Law No: 117-3.
03/23/2021
Signed by President.
03/22/2021
Presented to President.
03/11/2021
Motion to reconsider laid on the table. Agreed to without objection.
03/11/2021
On passage Passed without objection. (text: CR H1334)
03/11/2021
Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed without objection.(text: CR H1334)
03/11/2021
Considered by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR H1334)
03/11/2021
Mr. Thompson (CA) asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and consider.
03/08/2021
Held at the desk.
03/08/2021
Received in the House.
03/08/2021
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
03/03/2021
Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S1022; text: CR S1029)
03/03/2021
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S1022; text: CR S1029)
03/03/2021
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Mar 4, 2021 5:42:12 AM
Updated
Apr 13, 2021 4:32:06 AM