According to the SSA’s Program Operational Manual System (POMS)
Effective Dates: 12/09/2022 – Present

DI 10110.001 Requirements for Disabled Widow(er)’s Benefits (DWB)

A. Attain Age 50

To be eligible for DWB benefits, a widow(er) must have attained age 50, but not attained age 60.

  • Monthly benefits to a widow(er) on the basis of disability are not payable for months before the attainment of age 50 even though the impairment may have existed before age 50.
  • If a widow(er) receiving “D” benefits, i.e., benefits paid to widows(er)s age 60 and older, becomes disabled after attaining age 60 and is still within the prescribed period, he or she may file a DWB claim for Medicare entitlement purposes. 

The key factors that must be addressed when filing a claim for WB include:  

  • Prove relationship to the deceased number holder
  • Prove disability under the Social Security Act
  • Found disabled before the end of the Prescribed Period
  • File an Application
  • Compete the Disability Report
  • Serve the Required Waiting Period (5 Full Consecutive Calendar Months) when seeking entitlement of cash benefits and medicare coverage.

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