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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Husbands and Wives Following Death of Rail Worker

(Posted February 2, 2002)

Question 156: Are there death benefits for widows and widowers of rail workers?

Answer: Yes, there is a full assortment of survivor benefits available.

There are monthly benefits for widow and widowers who are 60 or older. There are also reduced benefits for widows and widowers at age 50 if they are disabled. And benefits are paid at any age if the widow or widower has an eligible child under 18 in thier care.

If the widow or widower is too young for monthly benefits, a lump sum death benefit ranging from $255 to over $900 may be paid.

The RRB web site at www.rrb.gov has more specific information about survivor benefits.


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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