Federal, State, and local government employees who work in MQGE pay only the HI portion
of the FICA tax and earn quarters of coverage (GEQCs) which are used to insure them
for HI entitlement purposes only. GEQCs are credited for the same amount of wages
and in the same way as SSQCs. GEQCs may be used alone or in combination with regular
SSQCs to establish HI insured status.
An individual who would be insured for monthly title II benefits or for HI entitlement
under the ESRD provisions if GEQCs were SSQCs is insured for HI.