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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Disabled Spouse Cannot Receive Benefits Early

(Posted July 2, 2013)

Question 1025: I am disabled at the age of 51. My husband is fully vested in Railroad Retirement. Will I be entitled to a spouse annuity early because of my disability?

Answer: Unlike Disabled Widows who can receive a reduced annuity at 50, there is no corresponding benefit for disabled spouses who are have not reached the eligibility age for a Spouse Annuity.


Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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