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Exempt Rail Worker With Disability Issues
(Posted October 15, 2013)
Question 1066: I am 55 years old. I have been working as an Exempt officer since 2004. I started working for the former ATSF on 3/17/1977 as a MOW employee. My current position is Road Master. I have been on short term disability four other times for my condition. I have disability insurance as an Exempt officer
benefit. What are my options as far as Railroad Retirement benefits? Should I talk to the Railroad Retirement Board? My short-term disability lasts for 6 months, and then there is a long-term disability benefit through Metlife insurance company.
Answer: I suggest you discuss your situation with the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) as soon as the current Federal Government shut-down is over. The toll-free number is: (877) 772-5772.
The Railroad Unemployment Program, also administered by the RRB, provides Sickness Benefits for periods of short-term Disability. Railroad Retirement provides Disability Annuities for permanent disability conditions.
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