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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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.

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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