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Disabled Dependent of Disabled Rail Worker
(Posted December 13, 2003)
Question 347: Are benefits payable to a disabled dependent of a living disabled person who is covered by Railroad Retirement?
Answer: Not directly, but the disabled worker's benefit can be increased to include the amount the dependent would have received from Social Security if certain conditions are met. First, the worker's disability must meet the definition of disability under the Social Security Act. Then the disabled worker must meet the other requirements for a "Period of Disability" as perscribed by Social Security. Finally, the disabled dependent must meet the requirement for a disabled child's benefit under Social Security.
The local Railroad Retirement District office can assist in obtaining the required information and paperwork.
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