ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a disease that affects the motor nerve cells of the spinal cord and causes loss of muscle control. Patients with this disease can qualify for Medicare coverage regardless of age. Those with ALS who qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) do not have a 24-month waiting period for Medicare—their Medicare benefits begin the first month they receive SSDI based on ALS.

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