You can receive disabled widow(er)'s benefits as a disabled widow(er) or surviving divorced spouse age 50-59 if, effective for benefits payable January 1991 or later, you meet the conditions below:
You meet the definition of disability for disabled workers in §507.1.;
You became disabled no later than seven years after the latest of the following months:
The month the disabled worker died;
The last month you were previously entitled to mother's or father's insurance benefits based on disability on the disabled worker's earnings record; or
The month your entitlement to widow(er)'s insurance benefits ended because your disability ended;
You have been disabled throughout a waiting period of five full calendar months in a row; and
Note: No waiting period is required if you were previously entitled to disabled widow(er)'s benefits.
You meet the non-disability requirements for a surviving spouse or a surviving divorced spouse (see Chapter 4).
Note: A widow(er) age 60-64 and under a disability is entitled to Medicare benefits only.
(See §407 concerning the amount of benefits.)
Last Revised: Jan. 22, 2008