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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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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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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