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Ex-Rail Spouse Can't Get Medicare Card from Social Security
(Posted March 9, 2011)
Question 802: I qualified for my ex-husband's spousal Railroad Retirement several years ago. I did not receive any money from this and did not use any benefits. Now I am eligible for Medicare. Even though Medicare premiums are being taken out of my Social Security checks, I cannot get a card due to the past affiliation with Railroad Retirement. Do you have any suggestions?
Answer: It sounds like your Medicare record still has a Railroad Retirement code in it. This needs to be removed by the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB).
Ask Social Security to contact the RRB to clear up this situation. In the meantime, SSA should issue you a "temporary" Medicare card.
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