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Rail Worker Can Receive Spouse Benefit from Social Security
(Posted October 24, 2014)
Question 1201: My husband receives disability from the railroad. He is 64. I am 62. I have applied for, and will receive, my Social Security benefit plus a small pension from the railroad. Can my spouse draw a Social Security benefit due to my Social Security benefit, in addition to his disability benefit from the railroad? He worked 23 years for the railroad.
Answer: You husband can receive a Spouse Benefit from Social Security, but his Tier 1 will be reduced. Hence he may not end up with any more in total monthly benefits.
Get an estimate of his benefit from Social Security, and then ask the Railroad Retirement Board if his total monthly benefits would increase.
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