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GOP Poverty Plan Would Hurt Some of Most Vulnerable Children

June 15, 2016

The House GOP poverty plan would eliminate Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 1.3 million severely disabled...

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Senate Bill Continues Eroding Social Security Operating Funds

June 9, 2016

The 2017 funding bill for the departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved today would continue squeezing the Social Security Administration (SSA), which faces a record workload as the baby boomers age into their peak years for retirement and disability.  

As our...


Promoting Work Among Disability Beneficiaries

April 6, 2016

Speaking at today’s release of recommendations by the SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) Solutions Initiative, I explained that while policymakers should continue exploring ways to help people with disabilities stay at or return to work, successful interventions won’t be easy, quick, or cheap.  (For more on these points, see my...


A New Way to Treat Social Security Beneficiaries with Work Outside the System

March 21, 2016

Congress is considering a new way to compute Social Security benefits for beneficiaries with earnings outside the Social Security system.  The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on this alternative approach, and it merits serious...

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Prompt Action Needed to Test Work Incentives for Disability Insurance

February 12, 2016

Last year’s budget deal renews the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) authority to conduct demonstration projects to encourage work among Disability Insurance (DI) beneficiaries.  As our...

Work Incentive Experiments Take Time

What the Growing Longevity Gap Means for Social Security

January 21, 2016

Richer Americans live longer than poorer Americans, and the gap is widening.  While many people will live significantly longer than their parents and grandparents, some groups have seen no gains, and others (such as poorer women) may have lost years of life.  This troubling development makes Social Security less progressive, as discussed below — and some widely discussed changes, like...

Life Expectancy Rising Faster for Higher Earners

Raising Social Security’s Retirement Age Cuts Benefits for All Retirees

January 20, 2016

Some policymakers, including prominent presidential candidates, have endorsed raising Social Security’s full retirement age to improve the program’s long-term solvency.  Raising the retirement age cuts benefits for all retirees, the cuts could be...

Raising Social Security's Full Retirement Age Cuts Benefits for All Retirees

Social Security Lifts 21 Million Americans Out of Poverty

November 9, 2015

Social Security lifted 21 million people out of poverty last year, our new analysis of Census data finds.  

In Focus: Social Security Dramatically Cuts Poverty Among Seniors

Budget Agreement Closes Social Security Loopholes

October 30, 2015

November 4, 2015: We have updated this post to reflect new information from the Social Security Administration.

Among its laudable features, the new budget agreement closes...

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No COLA for 2016 Will Affect Medicare Premiums and Social Security Finances

October 15, 2015

The Social Security Administration’s announcement that there will be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries next year due to declining prices raises important issues for both Medicare premiums and Social Security’s finances...

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