Can I Take Less Than The Full Amount Of My Widow's Benefits?

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May 3 2017 - 10:12pm

I have recently been given widowers survival Social Security Benefits. The added amount of 439 dollars has taken me off medical. If I only took 200 dollars from social security I'd be okay. Can I take only half of what's being offered?

Hi,

You are permitted waive your entire benefit under certain circumstances (https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0202409001), but as far as I know, there is no option for waiving only a portion of your benefit other than the amount necessary to pay Medicare premiums.

Best, Jerry