Historical Background And Development Of Social Security

The Committee on Economic Security (CES) On June 8, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a message to the Congress, announced his intention to provide a program for Social Security. Subsequently, the President created by Executive Order the Committee on Economic Security, which was composed of five top cabinet-level officials. The committee was instructed to study the entire problem … Read more

Social Security Case Backlog Leaves the Terminally Ill Waiting

The backlog of applications for disability benefits is so big the Social Security Administration has a special code—DXDI—for appeals dismissed because the applicant died waiting. Since 2005, the agency has made 15,043 DXDI designations. One person who died waiting was Dexter E. Penny of District Heights, Md., who applied for disability benefits in February 2009 … Read more

Social Security Can Help The Homeless

People Experiencing Homelessness Individuals experiencing homelessness who have a disability have the same rights and privileges in applying for disability benefits as someone who is not homeless. Please read more in Spotlight on Homelessness. You should inform us during the application process if you are experiencing homelessness, so that we may better assist you with your … Read more

Social Security Loopholes Are Closing: Here Are New Strategies for Maximizing Benefits

By Robert McGarvey Updated Jan 17, 2016 2:15 PM EST Original: Jan 15, 2016 Late last year, Congress slammed shut two giant Social Security loopholes that had let some lucky pensioners up their take by tens of thousands of dollars. But the financially wily will note those loopholes are not quite closed. There remain tactics for maximizing Social Security over a lifetime, but eligible recipients need … Read more

‘Technical Fix’ for Social Security Will Shrink Benefits to the Poor | The Nation

Technical Fix for Social Security may reduce benefits significantly over the long haul according to this opinion post in The Nation by William Greider. Do you agree? The ugly part of this gimmick is that it punishes most severely the very people who most need help.  

Social Security benefits will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the largest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in seven years.

The COLA, announced Thursday, Oct. 11, will increase the average Social Security retirement benefit by $39 a month or roughly $468 a year. The average single retired Social Security recipient is expected to receive $1,422 in December 2018 before increasing to $1,461 a month later. The COLA affects household budgets for about 1 in 5 Americans, … Read more