A beneficiary is entitled to one TWP during a period of entitlement. When a beneficiary
is simultaneously entitled to two or more Title II disability benefits, he or she
is entitled to a separate TWP on each entitlement. If we credit TWP service months
on one record before the claimant became entitled on another record, the TWP months
cannot be charged to the subsequent record.
Consequently, the beneficiary could be in a separate work incentive status (e.g.,
a TWP on one record and Extended Period of Eligibility (EPE) on another) if the entitlement
dates differ, and he or she worked between entitlement dates; or, we could find different
total service months used on different entitlements.
Example: A disabled beneficiary is a mother with child in care (BIC E), and has Medicare (she
is disabled and over 50, but has a child in her care). She works and uses TWP or EPE
months. When her youngest child is no longer eligible for benefits, we convert her
to a higher benefit payment (from BIC E to BIC W - disabled widow). Consider this
transition as one period of disability based on her entitlement as an E who is deemed
disabled for Medicare DI 25501.360. TWP or EPE months from her E entitlement apply when she is converted to W DI 13010.035H.
The Disability Control File (DCF) presents summary information for dual-entitlement
claims, and claims with multiple TWPs. Find the summary information for a particular
claim on the Entitlement Summary (ESUM) Screen (see MSOM CDR 002.006). Use eWork on
all entitlements; the eWork system propagates the earnings information onto the VERN
screen onto the DCF.
NOTE: For Medicare Qualified Government Employees (MQGE): If an MQGE becomes insured for
disability benefits, he or she is subject to the same disability evaluation and reviews
as a beneficiary who is entitled to disability based on insured status. For more information
on MQGE disability claims, see DI 11035.001.