"We are sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincere apology."
The Social Security Administration made quite the mix up and declared Kosara Mladenovic dead, when really it was her husband who passed away.
WCBS reports the mishap isn't something the family is laughing about because Kosara needs her monthly benefits to pay for nursing home expenses.
But they aren't the only family trying to prove a member is still alive.
Approximately 14,000 people are wrongly declared dead every year. This happens because data is incorrectly entered into the Death Master File. In other words: Human error.
But it also makes the mistake of paying people who are actually dead.
The Washington Post reports Social Security paid $133 million to beneficiaries who were deceased and a federal employee retirement system paid more than $400 million to retirees who passed away.
Righting these wrongs isn't easy either, but the administration recommends families of the deceased...or alive...should contact them as soon as possible.
You can also view the latest copy of the Death Master File online.
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