APWU Supports Fair Benefits for America's Seniors

America's seniors have earned their benefits. The sad truth remains that, despite their contributions, over the years legislation has been signed into law that have placed an undue financial burden on older Americans and people with disabilities.

APWU supports expanding Medicare to  guarantee  the  right  of  healthcare   for   all   Americans.   Further,  America's   seniors   should   see   their  benefits expanded with fair increases to  Social Security benefits, Cost of Living Adjustments based on calculations which adequately takes into consideration the spending habits of seniors, and the repeal of predatory provisions which penalize those who paid their fair share into Social Security.

Social Security Fairness Act

H.R. 82 is sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) and was introduced in the House on January 4th. It has been referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

  • The bill would repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provisions (WEP).
  • The GPO reduces Social Security benefits to spouses or widows by two-thirds if they are currently receiving a retirement or disability pension based on prior employment, during which they did not pay into Social Security.
  • The WEP affects those who receive a pension from employment where they did not pay into Social Security but did qualify for Social Security benefits from other employment.
  • Unfairly, these two provisions penalize individuals  for their previous employment under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), even though they met the requirements for Social Security benefits. 
  • The bill currently has 86 co-sponsors. If passed, these amendments will be made starting December 2021.
     

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