Medical Eligibility

Recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Related Programs

Early Widows or Widowers

Disabled widows or widowers between the ages of 60-64, who are terminated from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits as a result of becoming entitled to or receiving Title II Early Widow(er)s benefits are not currently eligible for Medicare Part A.

Individuals terminated from SSI are eligible for Medical Assistance if all of the eligibility conditions are met.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The individual is at least 60 years old and not yet 65 years old.
  • The person is eligible for and receiving Title II Early Widow(er)s benefits.
  • The person is not entitled to Medicare Part A (hospital insurance).
  • The person is ineligible for SSI benefits only because of receipt of Disabled Widow(er)s benefits.

Covered Services

Individuals who are eligible are entitled to full Medical Assistance coverage. Covered services include doctor appointments, hospital stays, dental and vision services, prescription drugs, rehab/therapy, chiropractic, etc.


  • An application can be found on the forms and publications page.
  • After completing the application, return it to the Department of Social Services office where you live. If you need assistance completing this application, contact your local DSS office.