Advocacy

Information on Medicare and Social Security and other Benefits

Social Security Administration 
Apply online for disability, retirement or Medicare benefits. 1-800-772-1213

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Medicare 
This is the official government website for Medicare and it allows you to apply for Medicare online and find information and answers to frequently asked questions. 1-800-633-4227. Note: SSDI beneficiaries diagnosed with ALS do not have to serve the 24-month Medicare waiting period. Read more

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) 
Part of California Health Advocates, HICAP provides free information and counseling on issues related to Medicare. 1-800-434-0222 (local San Diego office: 858-565-8772)

U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs

VA administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to veterans diagnosed with ALS.

 

Help with Prescription Drug Coverage

My Medicare Matters
Sponsored by the National Council on Aging, this nonprofit organization offers education and information on Medicare prescription drug coverage.

BenefitsCheckUp 
This online tool, provided by the National Council on Aging, allows you to search for private and public programs that can help you pay for prescription drugs.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance 
This program helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get medicines they need for free or at lower costs. 1-888-477-2669