Social Security: Benefits and Special Programs


Orville Copeland (Editor)

Series: American Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL027000

Social Security is a self-financing program that provides monthly cash benefits to retired or disabled workers and their family members and to the family members of deceased workers. Workers become eligible for Social Security benefits for themselves and their family members by working in Social Security-covered employment. Social Security is of ongoing interest both because of its role in supporting a large portion of the population and because of its long-term financial imbalance. The Social Security benefits that are paid to worker beneficiaries and to workers’ dependents and survivors are based on workers’ past earnings. Retired worker benefits can be affected by other adjustments, for example, the windfall elimination provision.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Social Security Primer (Updated)
Barry F. Huston

Chapter 2. How Social Security Benefits Are Computed: In Brief (Updated)
Barry F. Huston

Chapter 3. Social Security: The Trust Funds
Barry F. Huston

Chapter 4. Social Security Survivors Benefits
Zhe Li

Chapter 5.Social Security: Revisiting Benefits for Spouses and Survivors (Updated)
Katelin P. Isaacs

Chapter 6. Social Security: The Government Pension Offset (GPO) (Updated)
Zhe Li

Chapter 7. Social Security: The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) (Updated)
Zhe Li and William R. Morton

Chapter 8. Social Security: The Lump-Sum Death Benefit
Zhe Li

Chapter 9. Social Security: Minimum Benefits (Updated)
Zhe Li

Chapter 10. Social Security: Raising or Eliminating the Taxable Earnings Base
Zhe Li

Chapter 11. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI): Eligibility, Benefits, and Financing
William R. Morton


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