Social Security – Social Security Caregiver Credit Act Introduced in Senate

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) has introduced the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2016 (S. 2721). Because Social Security benefits are based on earnings, family caregivers currently face cuts in their own Social Security benefits when they have to reduce their hours of paid work, or leave the work force entirely, to provide ongoing support to a child or adult family member with a significant disability. The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act will provide a Social Security earnings record credit to family caregivers in these situations. “The Arc applauds Senator Murphy for introducing this much-needed bill to ensure that Americans who reduce their employment to care for a family member with a disability won’t as a result face severe cuts in their own Social Security benefits. These family members are contributing to their families and their communities in way that should be recognized when it comes to their future financial stability,” said Marty Ford, Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy at The Arc. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.

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