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Facts About Social Security Disability History

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A New York City newspaper, the Staten Island Advance, recently published what it called a "brain teaser" about Social Security. Really just a Q & A, the article included interesting information about the history of the Social Security Administration (SSA), Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Here's a summary:

The Social Security Act became law on August 14, 1935. Check out our previous blog on this subject at http://www.binderandbinder.com/blog/2013/08/happy-birthday-social-security.shtml.

The first Social Security pension check went to Ernest Ackerman, but it was not a monthly benefit. During the first years of Social Security (1937 to 1939), people who had paid into the system only received a lump sum rather than ongoing benefits. Mr. Ackerman received 17 cents, which may sound like very little. However, it turns out that he had only paid five cents into the system!

In 1940, Ida May Fuller received the first regular monthly pension benefit of $22.54. She collected this amount for ten years before she received an increase. Mrs. Fuller's pension continued until 1975, when she died at age 100.

Congress and the president discussed disability benefits as part of Social Security as early as 1936. However, disability did not become part of Social Security's program until 1956.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments did not begin until 1974, when Congress tried to consolidate a variety of federal programs for those persons with very low income and limited resources.

The meaning of a Social Security number varies depending on when the number was issued. Until 2011, the first three digits of the number represented a geographical region, with the lowest numbers generally being issued in the Northeast and the highest numbers appearing on the West Coast. After 2011, the entire number was assigned randomly.

For more information about the history of Social Security and its old age and disability programs, visit the website at http://www.ssa.gov/history/.

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Source: SILive, "Social security teases your brain," Jan. 21, 2014.

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