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A look at Social Security's disability program
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.
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.
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.
Sources: Social Security Administration; Congressional Budget Office.