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What Will Spouse Receive After Rail Worker's Death?
(Posted October 5, 2013)
Question 1062: If I am currently receiving my railroad retirement (RR) pension at 66 (FRA) and my wife is receiving the RR spousal benefit at 63. Should I die, will my wife receive the benefit that is higher or continue to receive her spousal benefit? Or will she receive something else?
Answer: If you retired as a career rail worker with a "Current Connection," your wife will receive a Widow's Annuity which will be approximately the amount you are now receiving. This will replace her Spouse Annuity. If you do not have a Current Connection, then your wife will receive a Widow's Benefit from Social Security approximently the same amount as your Tier 1.
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