Income Of The Aged

For many years the Social Security Administration has surveyed the aged population to determine their economic status. The newest edition of this, called the Income of the Aged Chartbook, has just been published online using 2014 data. The publication covers the population aged 65 or older. Social Security benefits were never intended to provide complete…
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Dib or Rib

Disability Or Retirement?

Q: At nearly age 64, I just stopped work because of a severe accident. Is it better to apply for Social Security disability or retirement? A: You can apply for either one or both at the same time. You chose what to do. Social Security disability depends on more than your immediate medical condition.  Based…
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Comparing Social Security And SSI

Q: How is SSI different from Social Security? A: Starting with a short answer, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security are completely different programs. A person can receive both if meeting the separate rules of each. In no particular order, here are more differences between these two programs. Work is at the core of…
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OK City anniversary

Remembering The Oklahoma City Bombing

On April 19, 1995, at 9:02am CST, our nation experienced a profound tragedy in the terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City, OK. Sixteen SSA employees and 24 visitors in the Social Security office there were among the 168 people who lost their lives in the bombing. Today…
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When Do SSA Survivors Benefits Begin?

Q: When do Social Security survivors benefits begin? A: Social Security survivors benefits can begin effective with the month of death, assuming there are eligible family members to pay. When a person receiving Social Security benefits dies, even at the end of a month, benefits are not payable for that month. For example, if the death is…
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