We will pay an underpayment of three months’ monthly benefit payable (MBP) or less
to the surviving spouse, child or parent based on that claimant's allegation without
additional proof of relationship unless there is evidence that they are not entitled
to the underpayment.
For underpayments of more than three months’ MBP, we need proof of the claimant’s
relationship to the beneficiary .
NOTE: If our records show that the claimant’s relationship to the deceased beneficiary
was already established, do not request proof of relationship.
For Benefit Authorizer payment instructions for a Title II underpayment due a deceased
beneficiary, see GN 02301.075.
For policy on proof of a marital relationship, see subchapter GN 00305.000.
For policy on use of the Numident for proof of a parent-child relationship, see GN 00306.012B and GN 00306.013B .
For more information about establishing a relationship as a surviving spouse, child,
or parent, see GN 02301.055F in this section.
For policy explaining use of the Numident for basic identification purposes, see GN