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Is Social Security just for retired workers?

En españolFar from it. While retirees account for about 71 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits, Social Security also makes payments to:

Here are a few more key Social Security stats as of November 2020:

  • 64.8 million people are drawing retirement, disability, family or survivor benefits from Social Security, totaling nearly $91 billion a month.
  • 4 million of those beneficiaries are children. Social Security pays more benefits to children than any other program of the federal government. 
  • Close to 8 million people are receiving Supplemental 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. 

Updated December 10, 2020

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