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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.
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