Delgado introduces bill to address local health worker shortages

WASHINGTON – Congressman Antonio Delgado (D, NY-19) introduced a bipartisan bill to support and inspire retired health care workers and first responders to return to work, participate in disaster response efforts pandemic and to alleviate labor shortages in local hospitals.

The Health Care Workers and Social Security Beneficiaries Choice Act, introduced by Reps. Delgado, Katko (NY-24), Trone (MD-6), and Johnson (SD-AL), ensures that healthcare professionals retired health workers will not lose Social Security benefits if they return to work and participate in the pandemic response.

“We have seen significant staffing shortages among healthcare professionals and first responders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” Delgado said. “It is essential that we do all we can to support those who have worked tirelessly in response to the pandemic. »

Currently, retired healthcare professionals are subject to the Social Security Administration’s retirement income test if they return to work. If a person returns to work and earns an income above a certain threshold, they lose part of their social security benefits. As a result, many retired workers who want to return to work to help respond to the pandemic are discouraged from doing so. Health Care Workers and First Responders Social Security Beneficiary Choice Act suspends retirement income testing for retired health care workers and first responders returning to work to aid in response efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic or any future public health emergency.

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Michael A. Bynum