CLEVELAND, November 20 — The lifetime maximum benefit for the Railroad Employees National Early Retirement Major Medical Benefit (also known as ERMA or GA-46000) Plan will increase from $145,800 to $151,600 on January 1, 2016.
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 2016 by utilizing the October 2015 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 2016, this amount will be $5,800.
This change will apply to all railroads and crafts participating in ERMA.