Support Services

Applying for Benefits

Use this section to find news on Medicare, Medicaid, VA benefits, grants and other sources of financial support outside of what the Foundation offers.

To learn more about financial support the Foundation offers, please visit our section on Grant Programs and Equipment Loans. 

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Social Security Disability

This can be obtained by patients who have put enough money into the social security system in the last 40 quarters. You can look up your benefits here.

To apply for social security disability, click here.


If you are accepted for social security disability payments, you will also be eligible for Medicare benefits. You are entitled to Part A (hospitalization) at no cost, but Part D (medication coverage) and Part B (doctors, lab work, tests, equipment, etc.) have to be purchased.

To apply for Medicare benefits, click here.


Medicaid is health insurance provided through Public Aid. Learn more about the program here.

To apply for Medicaid, click here.


ALS is considered to be a service-related disability, which gives our ALS veterans access to a multitude of benefits. Read about the benefits to veterans here.

The PVA (Paralyzed Veterans of America) is amazingly helpful.  Our local representatives are:

Robert Statam, National Service Officer

Winston Woodard III, Senior Benefits Advocate

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Home & Community Services

Home & Community Services Team

The Foundation’s Home and Community Services — which include telephone and in-person support, educational resources and patient and family advocates —  are available at no cost to ALS patients, their families  in the Chicagoland area and portions of northwest Indiana.

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Support Group & Education

Lois Insolia ALS Clinic

At the multidisciplinary ALS clinic, trained specialists use a team approach to provide comprehensive treatment. They are dedicated to the total care and support of people with ALS, their families and caregivers. During a visit, patients meet with several members of the team, and each provides input regarding assessment, care planning, education and other health care needs.

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National ALS Registry

National ALS Registry

The Les Turner ALS Foundation is a partner with the National ALS Registry, a program to collect, manage and analyze data about people with ALS and to provide clinical trial information to people living with ALS. It is important to include as many people with the disease as possible to get the most accurate information. Be part of changing the future of ALS.

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Hope and help for people with ALS.

Your contribution helps support nearly 90% of the Chicagoland ALS population.