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Payment of Social Security Benefits by RRB to Disabled Spouse
(Posted June 19, 2013)
Question 1018: I am 57 and have applied for Social Security Disability benefits. My husband currently is on a Railroad permanent disability with 31 years of service since 2010. We have a 16-year-old daughter. I have been informed I am entitled to back payment for caring for our daughter and that RRB will be paying my disability. Is that correct?
Answer: Since January 1975, the Railroad Retirement Board has been responsible for paying Social Security Benefits to rail workers and their spouses. Payments are combined with any Railroad Retirement benefits the individual is receiving. This provision is intended to prevent overpayments because Railroad Retirement benefits generally are reduced the amount of Social Security benefits. In your case, you will be entitled to a full spouse annuity at 60.
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