Social Security and Medicare
The County of Los Angeles withdrew its employees from the Social Security system on January 1, 1983. Safety Plan C members do not pay into Social Security, but they do contribute toward and are eligible for Medicare.
Social Security Eligibility
You may be eligible for Social Security if you:
- Earned enough credit through Social Security-covered outside employment
- Are eligible through your spouse/ex-spouse
Employees in Safety Plan C contribute toward Medicare benefits through a deduction known as the federal Health Insurance Tax (H.I.T).
As part of their Tier 2 Retiree Healthcare benefits, Safety Plan C members are required to sign up for Medicare when they turn 65.
For more information about Social Security and Medicare eligibility, call the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or visit www.ssa.gov.