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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Railroad Medical Insurance Premiums and Earnings Restrictions

(Posted November 12, 2008)

Question 677: At age 62 does my premium on railroad insurance decrease? If so by how much? What is the maximum amount I can earn being retired without being penalized?

Answer: Questions about your railroad medical insurance premiums should be directed to your employer.

Retired rail employees who receive Railroad Retirement are subject to the following earnings restrictions in 2009:

If you will not reach your full retirement age in 2009, your benefits will be reduced when you earn over $14,160.

If you reach your full retirement age in 2009, your benefits will be reduced if your earn over $37,680.

If you have reached your full retirement age before 2009, there are no restrictions on your earnings.


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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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