Social Security and Medicare
Safety plan members have never been covered by Social Security. However, some Safety A and B members may be eligible for Social Security.
Social Security Eligibility
You may be eligible for Social Security if you:
- Earned enough credit while previously employed in a non-safety position prior to the County’s withdrawal from the Social Security system
- Earned enough credit through Social Security-covered outside employment
- Are eligible through your spouse/ex-spouse
Plan A and B members who worked for the County prior to January 1983 as general members will have their LACERA retirement allowance reduced by a fixed dollar amount for each year of service prior to 1983 that was covered by Social Security while they were employed by the County. See the Social Security and Medicare page under your prior general member plan to see the applicable reduction.
Your federal benefits are subject to the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).
Safety Plan A and B members do not contribute to Medicare, but some might still qualify for Medicare through other means, such as through a spouse/ex-spouse, Social Security disability, or Social Security-covered employment.
For more information about Social Security and Medicare eligibility, call the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or visit www.ssa.gov.