Will the SSA retroactively pay me my missed survivor benefits?

Published: September 28, 2023

Full question: I discovered recently that my husband passed away in 2012. We were still married but not together. Am I still entitled to receive survivor benefits and how far back will they pay?

Hi there,

Yes, you are still entitled to survivor benefits if you are still legally married. The SSA pays up to 6 months retroactive survivor benefits.

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