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Can a retired school teacher with a pension plan in Massachusetts collect a spouses benefits after he/she has died?
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As a MA retired school teacher, you did not pay into the Social Security system, so the survivor benefit to you will be reduced by 2/3 under what is called the Government Pension Offset, or GPO. Rather than describe it here, take a look

https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10007.pdf

However, I don't think the GPO affects your one-time $255 death benefit to a surviving spouse, but not sure about that. you can call SS and ask at 1-800-772-1213

BruceM
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