PM 06-07-02

When figuring initial or ongoing eligibility for a widow/widower who has lost SSI benefits:

  1. Decide SSP eligibility based on nonfinancial requirements and assets.
  2. Access the BENDEX/SDX Family Community Resource Center Inquiry Program (see WAG 22-08-14) to verify that the client:
    • receives Social Security Widow/Widower benefits (Social Security claim number suffix starts with a W or D); and
    • is ineligible for Medicare Part A; and
    • lost SSI benefits because of the Social Security Widow/Widower benefits.
  3. Contact SSA for verifications if the information is not available on the BENDEX/SDX Family Community Resource Center Inquiry Program.
  4. Approve SSP as a zero grant case with zero grant reason 8 for a client who meets AABD asset and nonfinancial requirements and who lost SSI benefits because of receiving Widow/Widower benefits.
  5. Set a control to review eligibility when the client becomes entitled to Medicare by turning age 65 or being disabled for 24 months.