[NFBK] Fwd: [Nfbnet-members-list] Legislative Alert - 4/13/2020

Cathy Jackson cathyj1949 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 13:03:14 UTC 2020

Good Morning,
The work of the NFB is ongoing. If you have not contacted our Kentycky
Legislators asking them to consider supporting language to temporary Waiver
the waiting period for SSI and SSDI recipients, you really need to do so. I
have forwarded the email from Stephanie Flynt in our Governmental affairs
office explaining the issue and giving us  a sample letter to send.
We all need to take an active part in the legislative process. It is too
easy to assume that someone else will take care of it. Remember, it is
through collective action that we get things done.

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From: Flynt, Stephanie via NFBNet-Members-List <
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Date: Mon, Apr 13, 2020 at 9:56 PM
Subject: [Nfbnet-members-list] Legislative Alert - 4/13/2020
To: nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org <nfbnet-members-list at nfbnet.org>

Dear Federation Family:

We find ourselves in unprecedented times, but the advocacy and legislative
priorities of the Federation have not been stopped. In fact, we are working
harder than ever before to ensure that our rights are protected and that we
receive the benefits we need in a timely and efficient manner.

We are currently working to include a provision in the next coronavirus aid
legislation that will eliminate the five-month waiting period for SSDI
payments as well as the 24-month waiting period for Medicare benefits. If
enacted, this provision would amend section 223 of the Social Security Act
to include language for a temporary waiver of the waiting period for cash
payments for SSDI. We would also propose an amendment to section 226 of the
Social Security Act to include temporary waivers of the waiting period for
Medicare benefits. Both of these waivers would apply to people with
disabilities who are determined eligible between March 1, 2020 and December
31, 2020. In these times of uncertainty it is critical that we have access
to these disability and Medicare benefits as quickly as possible. We are
asking you to call your senators and representative and urge them to
include this provision in the coronavirus aid legislation.

When you call or email, you might say something like the following:

"Hello, my name is [your name] and I am a constituent of [your
senator/representative]. I live in [city, state]. I am calling to urge
[your senator/representative] to support language that would waive waiting
periods for SSDI payments and medicare benefits during this national
crisis. It’s no secret many Americans are losing their jobs as a result of
the COVID-19 pandemic, including those with disabilities. As it currently
stands, persons with disabilities wait up to 5 months before their benefits
begin and 24 months before they are Medicare-eligible. To address this
situation, the National Federation of the Blind requests the following

For individuals who qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits—The
requirement for an initial 5-month waiting period be waived, effective
March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. This waiver should be included in
Section 223 of the Social Security Act. Similarly, a waiver of the 24-month
Medicare waiting period should be included in Section 226 of the Social
Security Act.


You can contact your member of Congress by calling the Capitol Switchboard
and asking for the office in question. The number is 202-224-3121. If you
email your representative or senators, please copy Stephanie Flynt at
sflynt at nfb.org.

While Capitol Hill is physically closed, congressional staff are
telecommuting in order to fulfill their responsibilities. Rest assured that
your calls and emails continue to make a significant difference.

It is best to call or email the relevant staffer in your member of
Congress's office. If you need the name and email of the appropriate staff
person for any Senate or House office, please email Jesa Medders at
jmedders at nfb.org.

Stephanie Flynt
Government Affairs Specialist
National Federation of the Blind

P (410) 659-9314, Extension 2210
E: sflynt at nfb.org


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