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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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