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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Mother

(Posted March 31, 2009)

Question 693: My father retired from the railroad many years ago. He has since passed away. Is my mother entitled to any benefits such as online prescriptions through the railroad or any other benefits?

Answer: If your late father was vested in the Railroad Retirement system, your mother should be receiving a widow's benefit from the Railroad Retirement Board. When she becomes entitled to Medicare, she can enroll in Medicare Plan D and thereby receive prescription drug benefits.

Any benefits due her from your late father's railroad should be investigated with the railroad that he worked for.


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