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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
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...

Family of three generations
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
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
August 9, 2018

Older applicants who are denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits struggle in the labor market afterward, ...

Few Denied Social Security Disability Insurance Applicants Go Back to Work
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
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
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
June 4, 2018

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: ...

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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