On September 20, 2018, President Trump signed H.R. 6124, The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act of 2018, into law. The bipartisan bill allows tribal council members the option of paying into and receiving Social Security and Medicare benefits based on their government service. NAFOA has been a strong advocate for such a change and has been active in supporting the bill's passage.
“With this bill, leaders across Indian Country will have long overdue parity with other governmental leaders," stated Tina Danforth, President of the Native American Finance Officers Association. "Elected tribal leaders will now be able to 'opt-in' to the Social Security program, which many Americans rely on for a safety net.”
The House of Representatives passed the bill in late-July, followed by the Senate earlier this month. See NAFOA's one-pager for more information on the law. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ryan Ward at (202) 594-6593 or firstname.lastname@example.org.