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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Medicare Entitlement

(Posted February 28, 2004)

Question 391: I retired from working for the Metro. Do I qualify for Medicare?

Answer: Medicare has two parts, "Part A" and "Part B." Part A pays for hospital benefits. Part B pays for doctor services and other medical type benefits.

Part A is financed through payroll taxes paid by workers under Social Security, Railroad Retirement, federal Civil Service retirement systems, and certain state and local government workers. People who are vested in those benefits automatically are eligible for Part A when they reach 65. People who do not qualify through one of those retirement systems can buy Part A coverage by paying a monthly premium.

Part B is financed by a monthly premium and by general revenue funds appropriated annually by the Congress . Anyone living in the United States can get Part B at 65 by enrolling and paying the monthly premium.

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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