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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


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