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Cleveland Man Says "I'm Alive;" Social Security Says "You're Dead"

When 81-year-old Myron Manders was being released from a Cleveland hospital last November after treatment for pneumonia, he was told his insurance company would not...
March 14, 2006

When 81-year-old Myron Manders was being released from a Cleveland hospital last November after treatment for pneumonia, he was told his insurance company would not pay the bill because he died on September 1. Manders' wife, Eunice, received a death benefit payment for her husband, which has to be returned because he's not dead. Myron Manders sought to clear up the problem by showing up at a Social Security office. The in-person appearance did not help. His wife was notified shortly after that visit that she was entitled to monthly widow's benefits. Then, the Social Security Administration notified the Veterans Administration of Myron's death, prompting the VA to notify Mrs. Manders she's entitled to a death benefit on her husband's VA insurance. Finally last Friday, William Jarrett, a Social Security spokesman in Cleveland, said the mistake was due to an erroneous document.

Cleveland Man Can't Convince Social Security He's Alive (Insurance Journal 3/7/06)

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