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Funding Bills Would Hurt Social Security Customer Service

October 6, 2017

The full House and the Senate Appropriations Committee have passed woefully inadequate funding plans for operating the Social Security Administration (SSA), which...

Senate Budget Proposal Would Deeply Cut Social Security Administration Funding for 2018

Why You Should Care About Social Security Disability Insurance

August 1, 2017

Sixty-one years ago today, President Eisenhower signed a bill creating Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Many Americans don’t know much about this vital program — even though, by working, they’re earning coverage that protects them against financial ruin if they become too sick or hurt to support themselves. We’ve updated our SSDI...

Disability Rates Rise With Age

Previewing the Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ Reports

July 12, 2017

The Social Security and Medicare trustees will release their annual reports on the programs’ finances tomorrow and, though we don’t know how the projections may change from last year’s, we expect them to tell a similar story: ...

Disability Insurance Application and Awards Have Fallen for Six Straight Years

Trump Budget Would Hurt Older Americans

May 25, 2017

President Trump’s 2018 budget wouldn’t just hurt people with disabilities, as we’ve explained, but older Americans as well. During the campaign, Trump repeatedly promised not to cut Social...

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President’s Budget Would Hurt People with Disabilities

May 23, 2017

President Trump’s 2018 budget would make it harder for millions of people with disabilities to afford the basics — food on the table, a roof over their heads, and access to health care.

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The Big Picture On Disability Benefits

March 31, 2017

In light of the Washington Post’s new profile of a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applicant in Lamar County, Alabama, let’s put the story in its proper context:

  • The Post story highlights an atypical case: a young applicant in a county
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Policymakers Should Reject Chairman Johnson’s Deep Cuts to Social Security

December 19, 2016

House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson has introduced a bill that he claims would “save” Social Security — but its savings would come entirely from...

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Older Americans Working Longer, Claiming Social Security Later

November 4, 2016

Older Americans are working longer and claiming their Social Security benefits later, new research from the Social Security Administration shows. 

Social Security recipients can begin to claim retired-worker benefits any time between ages 62 and 70.  The earlier they claim them, the smaller their monthly benefit...

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Social Security Lifts 22 Million Americans Out of Poverty

October 25, 2016

Social Security lifted 22 million people out of poverty last year, our new analysis of Census data finds.  Social Security’s anti-poverty effect extends to...

Social Security Dramatically Cuts Poverty Among Seniors

Revenue Options Would Help Close Social Security Shortfall

October 19, 2016

Speaking at a Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget event yesterday on public attitudes toward fixing Social Security, I discussed a new Voice of the People survey showing that strong majorities of both parties favor addressing the program’s long-term shortfall mostly by raising revenues.  For example, a majority...

Social Security's Tax Cap Hasn't Kept Pace With Disproportionate Earnings Growth at the Top

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