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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Disabled Children

(Posted March 23, 2011)

Question 808: Does the amount of my benefit increase if my child becomes disabled?

Answer: If your child becomes disabled before 22, it could increase your annuity under the Special Minimum Guaranty provided by the Railroad Retirement Act.

Unlike Social Security, Railroad retirement does not pay direct benefits to Disabled Children of retired or disabled rail workers. Disabled children are entitled to a separate survivor benefit.

You ahould ask the Railroad Retirement Board about your disabled child. Their toll-free number is 877-772-5772.


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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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