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A look at Social Security's disability program
A look at Social Security's disability program
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' 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.


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