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Can I get both SSA dbl and retirement monthly pymts?

I have lung cancer and just got award letter from SSA that I was approved for monthly disability.
I have not worked at my job since March 2010 but have stayed on payroll using accumulated sick/vacation days.
I have also applied for early retirement disability (NYS Employees' Retirement System). I have not heard back from them as of yet. I am only 50 years old.
Question is: Say SSA approved me for $1200 a month. My retirement is approved for $1000. Can I get both? I was under the impression I could; a friend told me no..SSA would reduce my benefit by the amount of the ERS retirement disabilty payment.
I have calls into both agencies,but it's hard getting through to them and even harder that I'm very hard of hearing on the phone.

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Yes, this is something you'll need to get individualized guidance about.

It sounds like your New York state retirement system benefit may fall under the so-called Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

Here is a description of WEP :

In the future, if you receive a pension from employment in which you do not pay Social Security taxes, such as some federal, state or local government work, some nonprofit organizations or foreign employment, and you also qualify for your own Social Security retirement or disability benefit, your Social Security benefit may be reduced, but not eliminated, by WEP.

Here is some information about WEP, including an online WEP calculator :

http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/wep.htm
http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10045.html
http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/anyPiaWepjs04.htm

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