Man's death greatly exaggerated by Social Security

CLEVELAND - Myron Manders is very much alive.

But the 81-year-old man from the Cleveland area is having trouble convincing Social Security.

After Manders was hospitalized in November, he learned that his insurance wouldn't pay the bill because the government said he had died two months earlier.

Then, Manders' bank told him three Social Security checks deposited in his account were no good.

He went to the Social Security office in Cleveland and made several phone calls before the checks were replaced and his medical insurance was reinstated.

But this week, Manders' wife got a letter saying she was eligible for Social Security widow's benefits.

On Thursday, a Social Security spokesman apologized and promised the problem has been corrected.

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