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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Estimate For Your Survivors – SSA Statement

Last week I wrote that Social Security survivors benefits were not included in the original 1935 Social Security Act but were considered so important that they were created as part of the 1939 Amendments. This changed Social Security from a retirement program only for individual workers into the family-based economic security program we have today.…
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The Beginnings Of SSA Survivors Benefits

As of June 2016, approximately 10 percent of all Social Security retirement, survivors and disability monthly benefits are paid as survivors benefits, representing about 6,060,000 people of all ages across the nation. Breaking this down further, about 6.2 percent (3,766,000 people) of Social Security benefits are received by widows and widowers based on age and…
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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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