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Adding Divorced Spouse Annuity
(Posted March 11, 2014)
Question 1110: After reading your answer to "divorced spouse can wait to take RR annuity" (March 8, 2014), I have a question: Is it a smooth transition to move from one's own Social Security to beginning a Railroad Retirement Annuity?
Answer: The Divorced Spouse doesn't move from Social Security to Railroad Retirement. He or she would add the Railroad Retirement Annuity, the amount of which is reduced by the amount of his or her Social Security benefit.
Two other thing happen. The divorced spouse's Social Security benefit becomes paid by the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) as a single combined monthly payment. And he or she is issued a new Medicare card by the RRB under his or her Spouse Annuity claim number.
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