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Old 08-03-2010, 03:38 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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When Breadwinner spouse (usually husband) survives and Dependent spouse dies, does breadwinner's social security check increase or stay the same? Dependent never worked and qualified for social security/medicare based on breadwinner's wages/quarters.
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Old 08-03-2010, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I believe it will stay the same. If the situation were reversed and the breadwinner passed first, the widow's SS check would probably increase.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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I believe it will stay the same. If the situation were reversed and the breadwinner passed first, the widow's SS check would probably increase.
it's odd that I don't really know the answer to this. It seems like I come across more and more women who qualified for soc sec/med in their own right. if one is dependent on the other, ususually the husb dies first.
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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I believe it will stay the same. If the situation were reversed and the breadwinner passed first, the widow's SS check would probably increase.
You are correct.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:38 PM
 
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I think it would stay the same as they are receiving benetifs they applied for/were eligible for.
If a lesser earner spouse received any SS...it would have been determined at the time of getting them in the first place WHOSE earnings to draw them from...theirs or their spouses.

So a death wouldn't affect that.

But you could always call (and be put on hold for an hour) and ask.
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