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Doesn't Widow Get What the Worker Was Getting at Tine of Death?
(Posted March 24, 2011)
Question 809: Regarding question 803, could you expand? I thought changes to Railroad Retirement around 2001 give the spouse of a deceased rail worker the same amount that the worker was receiving.
Answer: Your are correct but the guaranty to widows is really the gross annuity rate before reduction for age or for Social Security benefits.
In the situation described in Question # 803, the widow was entitled to a $1,000 Social Security benefit which has to be deducted from the gross widow's annuity rate, which was about the same as the rail worker received before his death.
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