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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Can a Divorced Spouse Get Medicare Through Railroad Retirement?

(Posted March 18, 2012)

Question 865: Can a divorced spouse who does not pay into Medicare receive Medicare from rail worker at the age 65?

Answer: A divorced spouse who was married to the rail worker for at least 10 years, and who has not remarried, is eligible for a Divorced Spouse Annuity. As a result, the divorced spouse is considered to be a "Qualified Railroad Retirement Beneficiary" for Medicare purposes.

The divorced spouse should apply for an annuity before he or she is 65 to ensure receiving Medicare at the earliest date.


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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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