TN 23 (07-11)
The election of coverage by a religious order under the “vow-of-poverty provision”
may give a member of the order insured status.
Not previously insured - no prior application
Apply the normal retroactive period of six months to the date of filing of the application,
written inquiry, or statement of the intent to file.
Not previously insured — prior application
If the rules of administrative finality permit reopening a previous determination,
use the date of application and the date the wage earner (WE) acquired insured status
to determine the month of entitlement.
Fully insured prior application
The WE may be eligible for a recalculation or re-computation because of the additional
coverage. If the rules of administrative finality permit reopening the determination
under the previous application (e.g., within 4 years), pay a retroactive increased
benefit. If not, the increase in benefits will be payable prospectively only.