Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2016

The new edition of Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security, 2016 is available. I like this booklet. Perhaps you will too. Issued annually, this short booklet answers frequently asked questions about the programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). It highlights basic program data for the Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability (OASDI) and…
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Social Security Benefits By State And County

The annual publication “OASDI Beneficiaries by State and County” was recently released with information as of December 2015. OASDI is Social Security retirement (old-age), survivors and disability insurance benefits. From the preface: “This annual publication focuses on the Social Security beneficiary population—people receiving Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) benefits—at the local level. It presents…
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Social Security 81th Anniversary Is This Weekend

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the 1935 Social Security Act into law at 3:30pm in the afternoon on August 14, 1935. Above is a composite photo of the signing. Of special note in the photo is Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor, first woman to hold a cabinet position in the United States and a major…
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The Beginnings Of SSA Disability

The above image is of a 1968 poster advertising Social Security disability benefits. Today is the anniversary of major legislation in the evolution of Social Security disability benefits. As signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Social Security Amendments of 1954, originally disability benefits provided for a “freeze” to a person’s record…
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Medicare Legislation Anniversary

Tomorrow is the 51st anniversary of Medicare legislation.   On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law to provide health insurance for the elderly.  The Medicare legislation was signed in Independence, Missouri, in the presence of Harry S. Truman who opened the fight for such legislation in a message to Congress in…
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