SSA Begins to Pay Some Surviving Spouse Benefits for Same Sex Couples

On December 16, 2013, SSA issued POMS sections authorizing the payment of some surviving spouse and lump sum death payments (LSDP) claims for same-sex married couples.  POMS GN 00210.400 (Benefits for Surviving Spouses) and GN 00210.600 (Lump Sum Death Payment).  In August 2013, SSA began to process claims for retired workers if the couple is married and currently domiciled in a state that recognizes same sex marriages.  POMS GN 00210.000-GN 00210.100.  See article in August 2013 NOSSCR Social Security Forum.