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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Additional Financial Assistance for Older Beneficiaries

(Posted July 17, 2004)

Question 487: Does Railroad Retirement provide any extra help for the elderly (74 years old) who are receiving Railroad Retirement benefits?

Answer: Railroad Retirement Benefits, like Social Security and other retirement programs, are based on amount of service and career earnings. The actual financial need or age of the beneficiary does not produce additional benefits.

Other Federal and state programs, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), can provide additional financial assistance for individuals and famlies with limited resources. Most of these programs have a ceiling on family income and assets.

The best place to start is with the Social Security Administration, which administers the SSI program. Their toll-free number is (800) 772-1213.


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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