Bordallo Introduces Bill to Extend Social Security Eligibility to GovGuam Employees

316

Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has announced that she has introduced a bill that would amend the Social Security Act to allow GovGuam employees to be eligible for Social Security and Medicare.

A release from her office explains that under current federal statute, the governments of Guam, American Samoa, and the District of Columbia are prevented from entering into an agreement with the Social Security Administration to cover their employees in Social Security and Medicare.

The Congresswoman’s bill would remove that exclusion for Guam and American Samoa.

The bill was introduced at the request of the Guam Legislature which asked her to sponsor the measure in  Resolution #379 which was passed during last month’s Session.

The Congresswoman is quoted in a release as saying her bill would allow “the governments of Guam and American Samoa to enter into voluntary agreements for Social Security and Medicare coverage for their local government employees.”  And she says the measure “provides parity to Guam and American Samoa with each of the 50 states and other territories, and would enable covered GovGuam employees to receive Social Security benefits, similar to what is provided to private sector employees who contribute to Social Security.”

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

Bordallo Introduces Bill to Extend Social Security Eligibility to GovGuam Employees
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 30, 2014 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today introduced a bill that would amend the Social Security Act to extend eligibility for Social Security and Medicare coverage to employees of the Government of Guam. Under current federal statute, the governments of Guam, American Samoa, and the District of Columbia are prevented from entering into an agreement with the Social Security Administration to cover their employees in Social Security and Medicare. The Congresswoman’s bill would remove this exclusion for Guam and American Samoa.

If enacted, the governments of Guam and American Samoa would be permitted to enter into voluntary agreements with the Social Security Administration to extend Social Security and Medicare coverage to local government employees. The bill amends Section 218 of the Social Security Act. Covered employees, and the Government of Guam, would be required to contribute to the Social Security and Medicare trust funds through employment taxes in order to receive benefits.

Congresswoman Bordallo introduced this bill at the request of the Guam Legislature. On June 16, 2014, the Legislature unanimously passed Resolution No. 379-32 (LS), introduced by Senator Mike San Nicolas and Speaker Judi Won Pat, requesting for Congresswoman Bordallo to introduce legislation to remove the prohibition on GovGuam from entering into a voluntary agreement with the Social Security Administration.

“This bill allows for the governments of Guam and American Samoa to enter into voluntary agreements for Social Security and Medicare coverage for their local government employees,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “This bill provides parity to Guam and American Samoa with each of the 50 states and other territories, and would enable covered GovGuam employees to receive Social Security benefits similar to what is provided to private sector employees who contribute to Social Security. While it will be up to local policymakers to define the terms of this agreement and which employees will be covered, I believe it is important to also extend this authority to Guam. I thank the Legislature for their leadership on this issue, and will work with them as this bill moves through the legislative process.”