Within the limits of the following procedures, SSA FOs may issue temporary notices
of HI/SMI eligibility for an individual who meets all requirements for entitlement
but has not yet received an award notice or Medicare card. As a result of systems
enhancements, temporary notices should rarely be issued. The initial claims process
passes information to CMS systems on a daily basis.
Since equitable relief is not available for premium-free HI, it is important that
notices only be issued where all requirements for issuance are met.