WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 — Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release:
- In 2017, More Than 10,000 Americans Died While Waiting
Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, along with U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee and House Budget Committee Member and U.S. Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) introduced the Stop the Wait Act. After waiting months to qualify for coverage through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), individuals with disabilities are forced to wait another five months to get a disability check and another two years to obtain health coverage through Medicare. The Stop the Wait Act would eliminate these dangerous, mandated waiting periods imposed on individuals with disabilities that harm their health by delaying critical health care.