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Social Security Parent's Insurance Benefits

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Program Description:

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


General Program Requirements:

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.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


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, to apply online, go to

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:


Managing Agency:

U.S. Social Security Administration

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