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The social security benefits - including disability benefits are based on the earning record.
Either on the earning record of the person OR his/her spouse.
Your friend might want to verify if the Social Security Administration has all records and there is nothing missing.If everything correct - there is nothing we may do to increase benefits.However - there are some different benefits which are need based.
You will be ONLY eligible for social security benefits based on your spouse working record IF
-- your spouse will apply for benefits OR
-- your spouse will reach his full retirement age - which is 66 or 67 based on your information.
See additional information here
https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/yourdivspouse.htmlAny questions?If the spouse is at least 62 - he may apply and suspend his social security benefits right away.
That will allow the spouse to qualify for 50% of his benefits based on his earning record.
Correct - if the spouse is not eligible - we may wait till he will become eligible and then - benefits might be - recalculated.So far spousal benefits are not yet available.However - there are some different benefits which are need based.
These benefits are based on income and assets
- SSI - supplemental security benefits
- housing assistance - section 8 and other programs
- food stamps
You may communicate with local authorities and verify if any available for your friend.
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