I'm trying to help my dad get his Social Security retirement stuff figured out. He waited until a couple months before he was 62 and found out that he could have been getting widower's benefits since he was 60.
The question is, is he eligible for back pay at all since he was eligible at 60 but unaware of that? He asked about this with a Social Security representative during an interview and was flatly told no but I found information that seems to say otherwise, but I don't know enough to know if I'm correct.
Widow(er)’s benefit amount is based on RIB-LIM
We allow retroactivity up to 6 months if we base the widow(er)’s benefit amount for both the month of filing and the month of election (MOEL) on the RIB-LIM. For more information on the RIB-LIM, see RS 00615.320.
I tried checking out the document it references but all these acronyms leave me rather useless and google is inundated by results that are relevant to disability not retirement. Any help would be appreciated.