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Social Security Card The SSN Act creates an alternative benefit for surviving spouses equal to the sum of 75 percent of the survivor’s retirement benefit and the full retirement age benefit of the deceased spouse. (Photo: Shutterstock)

New legislation sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA., ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, would increase Social Security benefits for widows and widowers.

Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton is a financial writer covering retirement and health care issues for BenefitsPRO and ALM Media. He greatly enjoys learning from the vast minds in the legal, academic, advisory and money management communities when covering the retirement space. He's also written on international marketing trends, financial institution risk management, defense and energy issues, the restaurant industry in New York City, surfing, cigars, rum, travel, and fishing. When not writing, he's pushing into some land or water.

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