TN 5 (08-94)
GN 01705.130 Recomputation of Italian Totalization Benefits
Italy counts both U.S. and Italian periods of coverage when computing totalization benefits. As a result, any additional periods of coverage the NH earns in either country after initial entitlement could increase the amount of the benefit. Under the agreement, Italy will recompute a totalization benefit to take account of additional U.S. QC's or additional Italian coverage and pay the recomputed amount provided it is higher.
A written request must be made to have additional U.S. coverage considered.
The first request may be filed no earlier than 2 years after the first month of entitlement to the Italian totalization benefit. Subsequent requests may be filed every 2 years.
When a beneficiary submits a written request to an FO asking that his or her Italian totalization benefit be recomputed: