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Is Social Security just for retired workers?

En españolFar from it. While retirees account for about 70 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits, Social Security also makes payments to:

Here are a few key Social Security stats as of mid-2018:

  • About 67 million people are drawing retirement, disability, family or survivor benefits from Social Security, totaling more than $81 billion a month.
  • 4.9 percent of those beneficiaries are children. Social Security pays more benefits to children than any other program of the federal government. 
  • Nearly 10.4 million people are receiving Supplementary Security Income (SSI), cash assistance to low-income people who are over 65, blind or disabled. SSI is administered but not paid for by the Social Security Administration. 

Published October 10, 2018

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