Should My Mother Stop Paying Her Credit Card Debt Now that She Is in a Nursing Home and on Medicaid?
My mother, who is now in a nursing home, has outstanding debt on her credit cards. Her only source of income is Social Sec...Read more
The answer is probably not. Assuming your parents' marriage lasted at least 10 years (which is necessary to qualify for survivors benefits), the only way she would be entitled to benefits based on your father’s work record would be if (a) she was over 60 when she remarried, (b) she became disabled before age 60, or (c) she divorced her new husband or he passed away before she was 60.
For more on how divorce and remarriage affect Social Security benefits, click here.
Medicaid Rules, etc