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I didn't work enough to qualify for Social Security. My spouse gets it, but he is ill and may not live much longer. Will I be able to collect benefits?

En español | Yes, if you're at least 60 and meet other qualifications. If you're full retirement age or older, you'll get 100 percent of your deceased husband's benefit. If you take them before that age, you'll get a reduced benefit.

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