S.2317: Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2019

Overview

The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act is bicameral legislation that would provide those who leave their jobs to care for a dependent relative with a credit that would be added to earnings to calculate total deemed wages for up to five years spent outside of the workforce to ensure that their benefits are not affected.

Currently, Social Security and Medicare benefits are awarded to those who have paid into those systems for the preceding 35 years. In such cases where caregivers must leave their jobs to care for a dependent relative, years spent caregiving without compensation are counted as zero, lowering an individual’s lifetime average of wages paid into Social Security and Medicare. This ultimately reduces the amount in benefits an individual is eligible for.

Those who spend at least 80 hours a month providing care are eligible to claim this credit. Additionally, it would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to states with programs that provide medical training to those who act as unpaid caregivers to dependent relatives.

H.R.4126 is the House companion bill.

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Our Stance

Support

Priority

Medium

Bill Number

S.2317

Date Introduced

July 30, 2019

Committee

Senate Finance Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled