If a NH dies who was also entitled to spouse's benefits on the record of the lump-sum
applicant, take an abbreviated Lump-Sum claim on MCS. If unable to establish the claim
on MCS, elicit responses to only the following items on the SSA-8 (Application for
Lump-Sum Death Payment) (items 1-5 and item 11):
date and place of death, and
SSNs (and corresponding names of number holders) on which deceased was entitled to
Additionally, complete the signature block and any other information that may, in
unusual situations, affect entitlement or eligibility.
NOTE: This application process does not apply to cases that automatically convert to survivor
benefits. For information on Widow(er)’s Benefits-Conversion of Benefits-Policy, see
RS 00207.005. For information on Spouse’s to Mothers/Father’s Benefits, LS Award, and Change of
Payee for Children, see RS 00208.090.