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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

US Supreme Court Hears Arguments on The Entitlement of Children's Benefits

The US Supreme Court, in a matter that may have widespread impact on workers' compensation dependency benefits, heard oral arguments in Astrue v Capato concerning whether a child conceived after the death of a biological parent is eligible for survivor benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act [42 USC § 401 et seq.].

Justica report on Circuit Court Split: 
"The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled [opinion] that the Social Security Act must provide for claimants' children who were born after their death. Attorney for the Commissioner of Social Security appealed, arguing that the court must defer to state intestacy law, regardless of whether the Social Security Act's definition of child is ambiguous.