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Social Security: A Vital Protection for African American People of All Ages

July 24, 2019

Social Security is a critical source of income for African American people of all ages and has reduced economic disparities between African American and white families. That’s especially important given recent findings from an Urban Institute study that we commissioned, on...

Social Security Dramatically Reduces Poverty for African American Seniors

6 Things Millennials Should Know About Social Security

July 23, 2019

Discussions of Social Security often pit younger workers against older retirees, but Social Security is actually an intergenerational compact that helps Americans of all ages — which explains its enduring...

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Trump Poverty Line Proposal Would Hurt Seniors, People With Disabilities

June 12, 2019

The Trump Administration is considering whether to use a lower inflation measure to calculate annual adjustments to the federal poverty line. This approach would ultimately...

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SSA Staffing Shortage Hurts Hard-Working Americans

August 29, 2018

Years of SSA cuts have already taken their toll, causing the agency to lose 12 percent of its staff since 2010, close field offices, and shorten office hours, even as it faced record-high workloads.

In Focus: Social Security Administration Faces Increased Workload With Fewer Resources

Social Security Lifts 1.7 Million Children Out of Poverty

August 14, 2018

Eighty-three years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. To mark the occasion, we’ve updated our backgrounder on Social Security, a vital program to which nearly every American contributes and from which nearly every American ultimately benefits....

Social Security Lifts 1.7 Million Children Out of Poverty

Happy Birthday, Social Security Disability Insurance!

August 1, 2018

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) turns 62 today and, to mark the occasion, we’ve updated our chart book and backgrounder on this vital program, which provides...

Disability Insurance Applications and Awards Have Fallen Significantly Since 2010

Social Security Disability Insurance Shrinking Even Faster Than Expected

June 21, 2018

As The New York Times reports, the number of applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has fallen even faster since 2015 than the Social Security Administration (SSA) expected. In fact, disability applications and benefit awards have fallen for nearly a decade, even if...

Disability Insurance Applications and Awards Have Fallen Significantly Since 2010

Cash-Strapped Social Security Needs More Funds to Improve Customer Service

June 12, 2018

The House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee may consider this week its 2019 funding bill, which funds the Social Security Administration (SSA) — and, when it does, it needs to continue the recent progress in reversing years of damaging cuts to SSA’s budget.

SSA’s operating budget fell nearly 9 percent between 2010 and 2018, after adjusting for...

Social Security Administration Faces Increased Workload with Fewer Resources

Geographic Concentration of Poor Health Explains Most of “Disability Belt”

May 30, 2018

A new Social Security Administration (SSA) study reinforces what research from CBPP and other experts have found: Most geographic variation in the share of residents receiving federal disability benefits stems from variation in the prevalence of disability itself, as well as socioeconomic characteristics. The findings rebut...

Social Security Disability Insurance Beneficiaries Most Likely to Live in the South, Appalachia, or the Great Lakes

Trump Budget Would Hurt Older Americans

February 21, 2018

President Trump’s 2019 budget wouldn’t just hurt people with disabilities, as we’ve explained, but older Americans as well. While running for President, President Trump repeatedly promised not to cut...

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