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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Early Medicare for Disability Annuitants

(Posted May 12, 2013)

Question 1007: I have been receiving an Occupational Disability Annuity since 2002. I am age 62. Can I get Medicare?

Answer: Disabled Rail Workers can receive Early Medicare only if their condition is severe enough to meet Social Security's criteria for a Disabled Insurance Benefit. Early Medicare begins 29 months after the onset of disability.

All Disability Annuities are examined to see if the Social Security criteria are met, and a formal decision notice is sent to the disabled worker.

If you have not received a notice, you should contact the Railroad retirement Board. Their toll-free number is (877) 772-5772.


Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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