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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Medicare IDs For Railroad Retirement Beneficiaries

(Posted November 18, 2003)

Question 335: Can you show a list of Medicare IDs used by Railroad Retirement beneficiaries?

Answer: People who are entitled to Medicare through Railroad Retirement are issued a unique Medicare Identification Card by the Railroad Retirement Board. The card has the same layout, color combinations and information as the card issued to a Social Security beneficiary. But it clearly shows that it is issued by the Railroad Retirement Board and carries the RRB's agency seal.

A Railroad Retirement beneficiary is enrolled in Medicare under his or her unique Railroad Retirement Claim Number. The RRB system uses alphabetic prefixes and the Social Security Number of the railroad worker. A beneficiaries who filed for benefits a long time ago might have a serial claim number rather than a Social Security Number.

See Q&A 260 (click) of this column for a complete explanation of the different prefixes used by Railroad Retirement.

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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