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Anybody run into this issue? (SSI/SS)

My mom has gotten SSI & medicaid for 15+ yrs. SSI recently called & told her she qualified for her ex's SS (divorced 35 yrs, deceased 27 yrs). They told her that she MUST apply for his SS & to submit to them (SSI) certified copies if their marriage license, divorce decree, & his death certificate. They said if she doesn't submit these items, they'll discontinue her checks/medicaid.

Problem is, it takes TIME to get those items and we've been told by the county clerk's offices that she CAN'T get them (she has no photo ID & is not a family member).

If they cut off benefits, they'll remove her breathing equipment immediately & be dead with a day -- she's on oxygen 24/7. She has $0. She's explained this to SSI. Their reply "tough, those are the rules.... figure it out."

Experiences with this or suggestions?

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Asked by Laura1229 at 2:17 PM on May. 22, 2009 in Health

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  • They called? Is that usual?
    Call them and ask for a letter of stipulation.
    Then send them a certified letter requesting more time explaining the reasons why - the fact that the documents aren't readily available and that it will take quite some time to obtain them.
    You may need to seek legal counsel for your mom to keep the benefits she is already receiving. I don't believe the state can cut her off just for the reason of not applying for her deceased ex-husband's SS in a timely manner.
    I don't know how old your mom is so I don't know if you are saying she is on state funded Medicaid, in which they are usually buttheads anyway, or federally funded Medicare. There are websites for each and channels for you to submit claims against them.
    Best wishes to you and your mom.

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 8:53 PM on May. 25, 2009

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