Medicare for Railroad Workers and Their Families

A recent release from the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) explains how the Medicare program works for Railroad retirees.

The Medicare program covers railroad workers just like workers under social security. Railroad retirement payroll taxes include a Medicare hospital insurance tax just like social security payroll taxes.

Though you’re paying into the Medicare program during your working years, and will probably rely on its services in the future, you may not know what benefits the program offers. The basic information in this publication provides an overview of the Medicare program.

More detailed information on Medicare’s benefits, costs, and health service options is available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publication Medicare & You, which is mailed to Medicare beneficiary households each fall and to new Medicare beneficiaries when they become eligible for coverage.  Medicare & You and other Medicare publications are also available by phone or online:

Toll Free:    1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
TTY/TDD:    1-877-486-2048

Click here to read the release from the RRB.