For MCS EC processing, input the code “07” (ABATEMENT) in the DEC STAT line of the
decision (DECI) screen and show the appropriate reason (i.e., code 67, 68 or 96) on
the Benefit Continuity Factor (BECF) screen.
Since there is no initial determination and no adjudicative approval is required,
an abatement action processed via MCS EC will not update the MBR for the individual
involved. NOTE: You cannot process abatement actions via manual adjustment, credit
and award process (MADCAP) or manual adjustment credit and award data entry (MACADE).
However, if a disability decision for a NH or DWB is made, the claim effectuated and
the notice sent before SSA was notified of the claimant's death (e.g., a claimant
who was placed in advance filing status dies before his or her MOET, process the action
as a reopening and disallowance per DI 40105.010; not an abatement.
The death termination program will create an exception in the processing center (PC)
for these cases and the benefit termination action will be input via MADCAP or MACADE.
Any notice language must be included in the survivor's award when appropriate.
NOTE: If you receive an adjudicative edit or processing limitation (PROC LIM) that
prevents you from adjudicating the abatement through EC, annotate the DW01 Remarks
in MCS that you are abating the claim and Manclr the claim to the FO. If you Manclr
the claim, create a manual notice of abatement in the Document Processing System (DPS)
per the criteria listed in GN 01010.475D.2. See also NL 00703.775 on notices of abatement when a non-disability claimant dies in or before first month
of entitlement or disability claimant dies in the waiting period.