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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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.

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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