What types of benefits does Social Security pay?
If you have enough Social Security credits, the following benefits may be paid:

• monthly retirement insurance benefits for you, and benefits for dependent family members;
• monthly disability insurance benefits (up to retirement age) for you, and benefits for dependent family members; and
• monthly survivor insurance benefits for the family when you die, plus a lump-sum death payment in some cases.

If you are eligible for benefits based on your own earnings and also for benefits as a family member or survivor you will receive the larger of the two benefits, but not both.

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