Social Security survivors Dealth benefit     provides a lump-sum death payment of $255. If you leave a wife and young children it provides protection equivalent to a $354,000 life insurance policy.

Social Securities survivors benefits can be paid to:

  • A widow/widower — full benefits at full retirement age (currently age 65), or reduced benefits as early as age 60. See our page on Parents Benefits.
  • A disabled widow/widower — as early as age 50
  • A widow/widower at any age if he or she takes care of the deceased’s child who is under age 16 or disabled, and receiving Social Security benefits
  • Unmarried children under 18, or up to age 19 if they are attending high school full time. Sometimes benefits can be paid to stepchildren, grandchildren, or adopted children
  • Children at any age who were disabled before age 22 and remain disabled
    Dependent parents at 62 or older  *

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Consumer Resources

Health Insurance Quotes – CANationwideMedi-Cal?

Benefits For Children Publication 10085 Children SSA Website

Children with disabilities # 10026

Government Pension Offset if survivor had pension not covered by Social Security Publication 10007

How Social Security Can Help You When A Family Member Dies Publication 10008

Survivors Benefits Publication 10084

Survivors Planner – for the survivor

What You Need to Know When You Get Retirement Or Survivors Benefits Publication 10077

Widow Or Widower,Divorced Spouse, SSA Website

How Much Your Survivors Would Receive. SSA Website

Taxation of Benefits?

Nolo – Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions – Maximize your benefits

Retirement calculators

Covered CA subsidies for Medical Insurance if your MAGI – Modified Adjusted Gross income is below 400% of FPL – Federal Poverty Level

Medi-Cal Eligibility for child if parent has passed away

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