An 81-year-old Cleveland man, Myron Manders, wants the Social Security Administration to admit that he is alive and well. No matter what he says or does to prove it, the Administration just doesn’t seem to get it.
Last November, Manders was preparing to leave a hospital where he was treated for pneumonia when a social worker said his insurance company would not pay the bill because it believed Manders died on Sept. 1. William Jarrett, a Social Security spokesman in Cleveland, said Friday the mistake was due to an erroneous document. He could not disclose the error’s source.
Manders’ wife, Eunice, remembered that she first reacted to the news of her husband’s alleged demise with anger and laughter.
Jarrett said Eunice Manders has been paid a survivor’s benefit, which he said is now considered an overpayment she will be responsible for paying back, although she will have a right to appeal.
Manders, who describes himself as an almost-retired architect, sought to clear up the problem by showing up at a Social Security office. The in-person appearance did not help.
The Department of Veterans Affairs, recognizing that Manders served in the Army during World War II, notified Eunice that she is a beneficiary on his Veterans Affairs life insurance policy and that Social Security had notified the VA of Myron’s death.
The latest correspondence from Social Security came Monday addressed to Eunice, advising she is entitled to monthly widow’s benefits. Myron Manders would not say exactly what was going through his mind. Curse words, he hinted.
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