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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Treatment of Railroad Retirement Decision by Other Authorities

(Posted December 10, 2006)

Question 615: Assumming one is ruled to be totally disabled by the Railroad Retirement Board, is a private disability insurer also bound by the RRB's decision, or can they still contest the claim?

Answer: I frequently get questions from readers about how other governmental entities and private plans treat Railroad Retirement benefits. The above question is an example.

There is no provision of the Railroad Retirement Act that requires public or private entities to recognize and act on a decision of the Railroad Retirement Board. Each entity can independently determine whether the Railroad Retirement Board's determination affects its own program's determination of entitlement to disability benefits under the public or private entity's program.


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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