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Medicare Part D Drug Benefits
(Posted March 31, 2009)
Question 692: Is the drug benefit coverage under Part D the same for Railroad Retirement beneficiaries as it is for other Medicare beneficiaries? Do the railroads pay the monthly premiums for Part D?
Answer: Railroad Retirement beneficiaries receive the exact same Medicare benefits as those who are covered by Social Security. In addition, Railroad Retirement beneficiaries can also receive Part A (Hospital) Medicare benefits for services received in Canada.
A prescription drug benefit is provided by Part D of the Medicare program. Monthly premiums are the responsibility of the individual. If there are financial reasons, there are several government programs that can help. You should call the following toll-free number for more information: 1-800-633-4227.
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