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The National Social Security is the primary agency responsible for administering Social Security benefits. Both the old 1969 Abe Bortz article and the 1976 Newman “Preliminary Inventory” included introductory sections that offered something of the history of this important agency and its records. Both introductions were helpful and educational, although they have become somewhat dated. I’ll provide a review of how the system works today as well as how you can be granted benefits. Both Bortz and Newman presented their accounts in a highly informative way that left the reader with an excellent amount of knowledge about this agency. The contents also left the reader with an understanding of how Social Security works and how it determines eligibility for benefits.
In the present day, the goal of Social Security is to ensure that all Americans have the same opportunity to receive benefits from the safety net of the federal government. That means every citizen is entitled to social security benefits and should register for coverage. Also, as has been noted in previous articles, the social security system itself was established as a result of a compromise between various interests represented by governmental officials throughout the years.
The purpose of establishing the program in the first place was to provide a basic safety net for all citizens. It was believed at the time that some citizens would not be able to protect themselves in case of an emergency. The government needed a way to ensure that all citizens had adequate resources to deal with a wide variety of potential problems. The initial program allowed for payments to be made only when benefits were actually received. This was changed in order to encourage the program to be more successful.
Today’s focus is on the ability of each person to access the appropriate benefits. There are several ways in which this can occur. The most obvious is through having the right paperwork filed in the right place. Another way is through having the person declare that they meet certain income requirements. Yet another way is through having a verified account number provided by the social security administration.
There are some citizens who believe that their government should not be involved at all in their lives. That includes accessing the national social security system. There are those who believe that the social security system is a powerful interest group that is trying to control the lives of all citizens. Many of these individuals would like the government to be taken out of the equation completely. Unfortunately, there is no way to eliminate all access to this welfare.
Each citizen is obligated by law to pay for the benefits that are provided by the national security administration. In addition to paying for these benefits, individuals are responsible for filing for any tax forms that are required. Those who are disabled or are unable to work are able to qualify for Social Security disability payments. Tax benefits are available to individuals who are legally defined as disabled.
In addition to receiving Social Security benefits, an individual may also be eligible for Medicare benefits. They do have to pay taxes on this, though. Some citizens are eligible for Medicaid benefits. However, they must also meet a waiting period before they can actually receive the benefits. There are also food stamps and various other assistance programs available for citizens who do not qualify for any of these benefits.
A person may become disqualified for Social Security benefits due to many reasons. Being convicted of a felony is one reason that may lead to disqualification. Another reason that may lead to stripping of benefits is if an individual completes jail time or a period of probation after committing a felony. Not paying child support may also lead to removal of benefits. It is important, though, to always pay the debt as soon as possible so that it does not adversely affect credit scores.