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A few words from the Social Security Administration

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

A few words from the Social Security Administration- Beneficiary Codes

The Social Security Administration (SSA) reports that following situation has occurred many times over the years: a client (or an organization) contacts SSA about a letter from SSA which contains a Social Security Number (SSN) followed by the letters “A”, “B”, “E” or other letters, and then asks me to explain what type of benefit is indicated by the letter following the SSN. As this seems to be a common question, SSA thought they should address the question publicly.

NJFA thought the information they shared was valuable and so we are posting it here to our blog.

Letters that come after a SSN are called “Social Security beneficiary codes.” A list of the Social Security beneficiary codes which includes the meaning of each code is located on SSA’s website at Social Security Online. By reviewing the Social Security website, you will find that the SSN followed by one of these beneficiary codes is actually a claim number. Social Security assigns a beneficiary code to a SSN after an application for Social Security benefits is filed. These beneficiary codes may appear on correspondence from Social Security or on Medicare cards. However, the codes will never appear on a Social Security card. For example, if the wage earner applies for benefits and his or her SSN is 123-45-6789, then the applicant’s claim number is 123-45-6789A. This number will also be used as the wage earner’s Medicare claim number, once he or she is eligible for Medicare. If the wage earner’s spouse subsequently files for benefits on the wage earner’s SSN, the spouse’s claim number is 123-45-6789B. A list of the most common Social Security codes and their meanings follow:

CodeIdentification
APrimary claimant (wage earner)
BAged wife, age 62 or over
B1Aged husband, age 62 or over
B2Young wife, with a child in her care
B3Aged wife, age 62 or over, second claimant
B5Young wife, with a child in her care, second claimant
B6Divorced wife, age 62 or over
BYYoung husband, with a child in his care
C1-C9Child – Includes minor, student or disabled child
DAged Widow, age 60 or over
D1Aged widower, age 60 or over
D2Aged widow (2nd claimant)
D3Aged widower (2nd claimant)
D6Surviving Divorced Wife, age 60 or over
EWidowed Mother
E1Surviving Divorced Mother
E4Widowed Father
E5Surviving Divorced Father
F1Parent (Father)
F2Parent (Mother)
F3Stepfather
F4Stepmother
F5Adopting Father
F6Adopting Mother
HADisabled claimant (wage earner)
HBAged wife of disabled claimant, age 62 or over
MUninsured – Premium Health Insurance Benefits (Part A)
M1Uninsured – Qualified for but refused Health Insurance Benefits (Part A)
TUninsured – Entitled to HIB (Part A) under deemed or renal provisions; or Fully insured who have elected entitlement only to HIB
TAMedicare Qualified Government Employment (MQGE)
TBMQGE aged spouse
WDisabled Widow
W1Disabled Widower
W6Disabled Surviving Divorced Wife

Thanks to David Vinokurov District Manager – Trenton, NJ Social Security Administration for helping to keep us informed!