SSA issues notice of new matching program with the Railroad Retirement Board
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

SSA issues notice of new matching program with the Railroad Retirement Board

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

In accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act, the SSA has issued notice of a new matching program with the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB). This matching agreement sets forth the terms, conditions, and safeguards under which the RRB will disclose to the SSA information necessary to verify an individual's self-certification of eligibility for the Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs program (Extra Help). It also will enable the SSA to identify individuals who may qualify for Extra Help as part of the agency's Medicare outreach efforts.

The individuals whose information is involved in this matching program are individuals who self-certify for Extra Help or may qualify for Extra Help. The SSA matches the RRB's information with its Medicare Database File (MDB), which includes claimants, applicants, beneficiaries, ineligible spouses, and potential claimants for Medicare Part A, Medicare Part B, Medicare Advantage Part C, Medicare Part D, and Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage subsidies.

The deadline to submit comments on the proposed matching program is October 27, 2019. It will be applicable on March 31,2020, and will remain in effect for a period of 18 months.

For further information, contact Norma Followell, Supervisory Team Lead, Office of Privacy and Disclosure, Office of the General Counsel, Social Security Administration, G-401 WHR, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21235-6401, Telephone: (410) 966-5855. See 84 Fed. Reg. 51218, September 27, 2019.

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