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Worker Must Retire Before Spouse Can Receive Benefits
(Posted April 22, 2003)
Question 249: I'm the wife of a rail worker; I receive my own disability benefits from Social Security. My husband has more than 30 years of rail work. Can I receive a spouse's benefit from Railroad Retirement at 60 even if my husband contines to work?
Answer: With one exception, a rail worker must retire and file for Railroad Retirement before a spouse can receive benefits. The one exception involves a divorced spouse benefit, which does not apply in your situation.
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