The arbitrary five month waiting period is ridiculous. And is the "People's House" (House of Representatives) doing anything about it? No:
That bill, the Social Security Fairness for the Terminally Ill Act of 2009, was not passed before the session of Congress in which it was proposed ended.
Today there is a new bill in the House of Representatives — the Social Security Fairness for the Terminally Ill Act of 2011 — that aims to do the same thing. The bill is currently under legislative review.
What do you want to bet that the pending bill never sees the light of day?