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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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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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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