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Can you file one application for more than one type of benefit?

1510. Can you file one application for more than one type of benefit?

Each application form is clearly worded to show its scope as an application for one or more types of benefits. For example, the present applications for entitlement to hospital insurance protection, or for monthly benefits, may apply to all benefits that you may be entitled to on any Social Security earnings record. You can expand or restrict the scope of your application as long as you add appropriate remarks, in writing, on the application before we make a decision on your claim.

This rule has some exceptions. If you are eligible for both reduced retirement insurance benefits and reduced spouse's insurance benefits beginning with the same month, you cannot restrict an application to just one of these types of benefits. By filing for either benefit, you are deemed by law to have filed for both types of benefits. The Social Security office determines the proper application form to use when you file your claim.

Last Revised: March, 2001

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A survival who recieves

September 13, 2012 by Guest

A survival who recieves benefits at age 62 becomes disable, would she be able for a higher disability benefit if approved and then lose
survival benefit or how does that work?

Typically you receive the highest single benefit

September 13, 2012 by David Luhman

Typically, in the case where multiple benefits may apply, you receive the highest single benefit.

Also, if you are receiving Social Security disability benefits when you reach full retirement age, your disability benefits automatically convert to retirement benefits, but the amount remains the same.

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