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