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A Brief History of Social Security

1935:  Social Security Act Passes, including Retirement Benefit and Partial Funding to States for “Adult Categories” of Benefits for Needy Aged and Blind Individuals

1937:  Social Security Taxes Collected

1937:  Social Security Benefits Disbursed that are a Lump Sum Payment to Primary Workers 65 and older

1939:  Social Security Becomes a Family Benefit by Expanding to Include Benefits for Spouse and Minor Children of Retired Worker and Survivors Benefits

1940:  Social Security Begins Paying Monthly Benefits

1950:  Needy Disabled Adults Added to “Adult Categories”

1954: Social Security Act Amended to Contain “Disability Freeze” so that those who experience disability before retirement and cannot continue working don’t lose access to Social Security Retirement Benefits

1956:  Social Security Act Amended to Include Disabled Workers between 50-64 and Disabled Adult Children

1960:  Social Security Act Amended to Include Disabled Workers of Any Age and Their Dependents

1972:  “Adult Categories” of Benefits, Administered on a State and Local Level, Become Federal SSI Program

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