Always explore potential entitlement to types of benefits other than the one specifically
covered by the title of the application filed (e.g., RIB claimant indicates a marriage
which ended by death, WIB may be pursued) unless one of the exceptions as listed in
GN 00204.022A.2. is met.
In addition, determine if the same class benefits or another class of benefits may
be available on other ER's.
When a widow(er) is insured for RIB but is not yet age 62 and children will be entitled
past the point of the widow(er)'s attainment of age 62, advise the claimant that filing
for RIB at age 62 may result in higher benefits for the children due to combining
the family maximums.