For a claimant to qualify for DWB-Medicare benefits, we must establish the EOD before
the age of 62 years and seven months.
EXCEPTION: For claimants with a documented diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS),
commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, we must establish the EOD before age 64 years
and seven months, for the claimant to be eligible for DWB-Medicare benefits. Claimants
diagnosed with ALS are not required to serve the 24-month qualifying period for Medicare.
(For more information about ALS and Medicare entitlement, see DI 23580.001.)