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Full 60/30 Benefits for Certain Spouses of Disabled Workers
(Posted January 12, 2002)
Question 153: I receive benefits based on disability since 1995. I have 37 years of rail service and I am 62. My wife turned 60 in July; she has been getting a reduced 60/30 spouse benefit since then. Can she cancel her claim and refile for a full 60/30 spouse benefit starting in January 2002?
Answer: She should be able to. Of course, she'll have to repay the benefits she has received for 2001. She needs to contact the local RRB office where she filed her original claim as soon as possible.
This only applies to spouses of disabled 60/30 workers. Spouses of nondisabled 60/30 workers whose benefits began before 2002 will receive a reduced spouse's benefit even if the spouse's benefit begins after 2001.
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