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Rail Worker Receives Disability Annuity and VA Benefits
(Posted June 19, 2004)
Question 467: I'm disabled. I receive a Disability Annuity from Railroad Retirement. I also have a service-connected disability for which I receive a 100% disability benefit from the Veterans Administration. I'm about to become eligible for Medicare. How do these three programs work together?
Answer: I assume that you receive medical care from the VA based on your service-connected disability. If you do, you might not have the need for the voluntary part of Medicare called Part B (Medical Insurance). It currently costs over $60 a month.
You automatically will get Part A (Hospital Insurance), which is financed by payroll taxes and does not cost you anything now.
You can decline Part B by returning the Medicare ID card you will receive shortly before your Medicare coverage begins.
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