SSI Disability Benefits for Surviving Spouse

SSI Disability Benefits for Surviving Spouse Where Decedent Passes Away While Waiting for Decision

If you are the surviving spouse, you may be eligible to pursue the claim and receive payments. For an adult SSI claimant, only the claimant’s spouse is eligible to receive payments; no other surviving relatives can substitute in for the claim, including children and parents. However, you must have been living in the same household as the deceased claimant at any time during the month of death or the preceding six months. See, 20 C.F.R. §416.542(b)(1).