A look at Social Security's disability program

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Posted: Aug 21, 2011 10:30 AM
A look at Social Security's disability program

A look at Social Security's disability program:

About 13.6 million people receive federal disability benefits.

_7.6 million receive Social Security disability.

_4.4 million receive Supplemental Security Income.

_1.6 million receive both.

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Social Security disability:

_Reserved for people with a substantial work history.

_Average monthly payment: $927

_Financing: A portion of Social Security payroll taxes (the rest goes to the retirement fund).

_Payroll taxes collected for disability program in 2010: $93 billion.

_Total benefits paid in 2010: $124 billion.

_Assets in Social Security disability trust fund at end of 2010: $180 billion.

_Year when trust fund projected to be exhausted: 2017.

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Supplemental Security Income:

_Reserved for the very poor.

_Average monthly payment: $500.

_Maximum monthly payment: $674 for individuals, $1,011 for couples.

_Many states provide additional payments.

_Financing: General revenue funds.

_Total benefits paid in 2010: $48 billion.

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Sources: Social Security Administration; Congressional Budget Office.