Social Security Bulletin

Bulletin reporting data on the operations of the Social Security Administration and the results of research and analysis pertinent to the social security program.

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 4, Winter

1993 Changes in OASDI, SSI, Medicare, Black Lung, Food Stamp, and Veterans' Programs
The Annual Statistical Supplement to the Social Security Bulletin contains program summaries for various social welfare programs as well as program histories for the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI),...
Argentina Approves a Privatization Option for Social Security
On September 22, 1993, the Argentine Senate approved a system of retirement options bad on the concept of individual capitalization. The legislation had been more than 18 months in parliamentary debate. (The original legislative proposal appeared in...
Austria's New Benefit
Since 1983--the International Year of the Disabled--Austria has been discussing a broad-based form of financial assistance to persons requiring personal care. There are between 310,000 and 350,000 persons, or about 4 percent of Austria's total population,...
Brazilian Constitutional Reform of Social Security
Brazil has begun a process of revising its 1988 Constitution as required under the provisions of the new Charter. Principal among the pending changes will be those of the country's social security program. Should these reforms become law, the shape of...
Increases in Earnings Base and Exempt Earnings Amounts for 1994
A number of increases affecting the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance and the Health Insurance programs (OASDI and HI) went into effect on December 31, 1993. The changes, which were required under the Social Security Act, represent adjustments...
Poland Considers Three-Tiered Pension System
As part of a continuing effort to reform social security, the Polish Government has announced a plan to introduce a three-tiered pension system. The first tier would be designed to provide a basic benefit, guaranteeing a flat-rate, minimum level of payment...
Proposal for a Kenyan Social Security System
The National Social Security Fund of Kenya is evaluating the feasibility of converting its Provident Fund to a social security system. A project undertaken by the International Labour Organization and the United Nations developed a detailed proposal...
Section II: Health Care Programs
Health and medical care expenditures in the United States, including expenditures for medical research and medical facilities construction, were estimated at $751.8 billion for 1991. This amount constituted 13.2 percent of the gross domestic product...
Section III: Programs for Special Groups
Veterans of the Armed Forces during military conflicts, many public employees, and railroad workers are eligible for special benefits not available to other persons.The tradition of veterans' benefits stretches back to the days of the colonies. In the...
Section I: Social Insurance Programs
By the mid-1920's, both the States and the Federal Government had begun to recognize that certain risks in an increasingly industrialized nation could best be met through the application of social insurance principles. In social insurance programs, certain...
Section IV: Income Support Programs
Income support programs are designed to provide benefits for persons in need. To be eligible for such programs, a person must have income and assets below a certain level and often must meet other eligibility criteria.In the 19th century, relief or charity...
Social Security Programs in the United States, 1993
All industrialized countries have developed broad public programs of social insurance, health care, and income support. The purpose of these programs is to protect people from the possibility of income loss due to old age, unemployment, disability, work-related...
Unemployment in Russia
Given the probability of increased unemployment that could occur as a result of economic reforms and privatization of State enterprises, Russia introduced an unemployment insurance program in 1991. The program provides for training and job placement...

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