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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Occupational Disability and Early Medicare

(Posted March 3, 2003)

Question 222: My husband has received an Occupational Disability benefit from Railroad Retirement for 11 years, due to a back injury. He never has been enrolled under Medicare. Can he qualify for Medicare now?

Answer: Please refer to Q&A 15 of this column, which explains how disabled Railroad Retirement beneficaries can qualify for early Medicare.

I suspect that your husband's condition was not severe enough to meet the strict Social Security definition of disability when his benefit began. If his physical condition has deteriorated, you should contact the Railroad Retirement Board and ask them to reevaluate his eligibility for Medicare. They will request him to submit current medical evidence and might even ask him to take another examination by a doctor selected by the RRB.

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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