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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Railroad Retirement Beneficiaries Are Eligible for Medicare

(Posted May 7, 2012)

Question 874: Does a widow receiving a Railroad Retirement Annuity qualify for Medicare and Medicaid?

Answer: Yes, the Medicare program includes qualified Railroad Retirement, Social Security, and Civil Service (including FERS) recipients.

Medicaid is a separate Federal-State program for low-income individuals. It is administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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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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