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GA-46000 Lifetime maximum adjusted for 2018

CLEVELAND, November 20 — The lifetime maximum benefit for the Railroad Employees National Early Retirement Major Medical Benefit Plan (also known as ERMA or GA-46000) will increase from $157,800 to $162,500 on January 1, 2018.

At the end of 2001, Labor and Management agreed on various procedures to administer the annual changes in the amount of the lifetime maximum benefit under the ERMA plan. In conjunction with the formula established in 2001, a new lifetime maximum was calculated for 2018 by utilizing the October 2017 consumer price index (CPI) data for Hospital and Related Services and Physician Services.

Additionally, for individuals who have reached the lifetime maximum, the incremental maximum available is applied to eligible expenses submitted for dates of service on or after the effective date of the new maximum. For 2018, this amount will be $4,700.

This change will apply to all railroads and crafts participating in ERMA.

Monday, November 20, 2017

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