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Policy Basics

Social Security provides monthly benefits to retired workers and workers with disabilities, their dependents, and their survivors.

We examine Social Security’s effects on poverty and on particular demographic groups. We also analyze Social Security reform proposals to determine their likely impact on the program’s long-term solvency and its effectiveness in reducing poverty and hardship.

Social Security Is Not “Bankrupt”

The Social Security trustees will release their annual report on the program’s financial status on Friday, March 31, inevitably followed by alarmist headlines — but don’t be fooled....