Social Security & Medicare

The University withdrew from the Social Security system on Jan. 1, 1982 so benefit eligible employees do not participate.  Temporary employees who are eligible for or are receiving PERS, TRS, or ORP benefits are exempt from Social Security.  All employees hired after March 31, 1986, however, are required to contribute to the Medicare portion of Social Security.

Social Security:  UA employees who are not eligible for University or State-sponsored retirement plans, i.e., temporary employees, adjunct faculty, and students not meeting credit load requirements, are required to participate in Social Security.

Statement Concerning Your Employment in a Job Not Covered by Social Security

When you work in a job not covered by Social Security, your future benefits could be affected. The Windfall Elimination Provision applies if you earned a pension (such as PERS, TRS or ORP) in any job where you did not pay Social Security taxes and you also worked in other jobs long enough to qualify for a Social Security retirement or disability benefit.

For more more information on the WEP, please contact the Social Security Administration.

The Government Pension Offset applies to your Social Security spouse's or widow's or widower's benefits if you receive a pension (PERS, TRS or ORP) from a government job where you were not covered by Social Security.

For more more information on the GPO, please contact the Social Security Administration.

All employees hired after March 31, 1986, are required to contribute to the Medicare portion of Social Security.

For specific Medicare questions, please contact the Medicare Office.