Survivor Benefits

Survivor benefits differ for Part B and Part E claimants. In order to qualify, a claim needs to be filed with your local DOL Resource Center. Eligible employee’s death certificate, marriage/divorce certificates and birth certificate required (as applicable).

Order of Survivor Eligibility for Part B
  1. Spouse (if married at least 1 year prior to worker’s death)
  2. Children of any age
  3. Grandchildren
  4. Grandparents

Order of Survivor Eligibility for Part E
  1. Spouse (if married at least 1 year prior to worker’s death)
  2. Children if they were under the age of 18 at time of worker’s death, under 23 and a full time student at worker’s death, or any age if medically incapable of self-support.

Eligibility stops after children on part E. It does not pass to parents, grandchildren or grandparents.