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Nobody is entitled to somebody else's benefits. The benefits can only be calculated on somebody else's records. A wife is not entitled to her husband's benefits, she is entitled to her own benefits based on her husband's records.
That being said when one spouse dies, the other spouse is usually entitled to survivor/widow(er) benefits. The benefits can be up to 100% of the deceased spouse's benefits depending on when the surviving spouse started collecting his/her benefits. When the surviving spouse applied for his benefits before his full retirement age, he permanently reduced his own but also spousal/survivor/widower benefits.
Government have not announced any changes for 2017.
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