A specific group of disabled widow/widowers are entitled to medical benefits based on the Hill court case. A Hill client is entitled to AABD cash as a zero grant case if they:
- were entitled to benefits as a disabled widow/widower under Title II of the Social Security Act in December 1983; and
- received SSA Disabled Widow/Widower benefits in January 1984; and;
- became ineligible for SSI and/or AABD cash because of the increase in Widow/Widower benefits that resulted from a change in the Social Security Administration's method of determining entitlement for disabled widow/widower benefits before age 60; and
- have been continuously entitled to Widow/Widower benefits since January 1984; and
- would be currently eligible for SSI and/or SSP if widow/widower cost of living increases were disregarded, and
- meet all other AABD cash eligibility requirements, other than income.
A person who meets these criteria remains in zero grant status until:
- they become ineligible for reasons other than receiving Social Security benefits; or
- SSA stops the Widow/Widower benefits; or
- they enter a long term care facility.
The Bureau of Policy and Training has a list of all individuals affected by the Hill case.