If the claimant is married and lives with the spouse, we require the spouse's name,
SSN, and DOB. (Accept the individual's allegation of marital status. The Title XVI
holding out policy does not apply to Medicare Part D.)
This information serves two purposes.
A couple filing for the subsidy at the same time only needs to complete one application.
Therefore, we ask if the spouse has Medicare and wishes to apply for the Extra Help.
It facilitates data matching for the spouse.
NOTE: If the spouse does not have an SSN or does not know it, process the claim following
the procedures in HI 03010.038F in this section. Also, when the FO receives a paper application and the applicant
is not in the FO to provide marital information (e.g., single, married, widowed, or
divorced), code the individual as single if the applicant did not list a spouse on
the paper application. Code the individual as married if a spouse is listed on the
We collect this information on the Applicant Information application screen in MAPS
(see MSOM INTRANETMAPS 005.002).