The purpose of this report is to help analysts, policymakers, journalists, constituent organizations, and interested citizens consider how to bring Social Security into long-range balance in ways that address concerns about benefit adequacy. The report outlines approximately 30 options for putting Social Security's finances into 75-year balance and more than 10 ways to make Social Security more adequate for those who rely on it. All options have long-range cost estimates from Social Security actuaries. Benefit adequacy options in the report target such financially vulnerable groups as:
Other adequacy options would increase benefits across the board for current and future beneficiaries. Options to balance Social Security's future finances include:
The NASI project received support from the Ford Foundation's initiative on Economic Fairness and Opportunity and the Rockefeller Foundation's Campaign for American Workers. View a webcast of the briefing releasing this report.