Today, the Arthritis Foundation is speaking out! Today, we are telling the Social Security Administration (SSA) that it is unacceptable that it can take months if not years for people with disabling rheumatoid arthritis to get through the disability claims process (watch testimony). Today we are asking you to join us!
The Social Security Administration is considering that for certain autoimmune diseases, people with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma would be eligible for possible expedited claims review, also known as “compassionate allowance”. If SSA makes this change for autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, those disabled with RA would not have to wait so long for a decision regarding disability benefits.
The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlanta, the Arthritis Foundation has multiple service points located throughout the country. The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948. The foundation helps people take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.