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Social Security Parent's Insurance Benefits Benefits

Program Description

These are benefits paid to the dependent parent of a deceased worker who had earned enough Social Security credits.

To qualify for this benefit program, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be at least age 62
  • Have not married after the deceased worker's death (unless an exception applies)
  • Received at least one-half of your support from the deceased worker at certain points in time
  • Have filed proof of support with the Social Security Administration within the required time limit
  • Are not getting a higher Social Security retirement benefit on your own work record.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

If you would like to find out if you may be eligible for any of the benefits SSA administers, visit http://best.ssa.gov.

Once you have completed the eligibility screening questionnaire, you will be provided with a list of benefits for which you may be eligible. Print this page for your records before going to the application site.

Once you know which benefits you can apply for, go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/appl yonline/ to apply online.

You can also call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778) for additional information about SSA benefits and for application information.

Program Contact Information

For more information on this and any SSA benefit, call:
1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778)
Visit our Publications page for detailed information about SSA programs and policies:
http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/