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Social Security Turns 80: Past, Present and Future

Published: August 2015


President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935. As we celebrate Social Security’s 80th birthday, we look back at some of the milestones in the Academy’s research on the program’s coverage and track record, reflect on the state of the program now, and look ahead to what might be in store for Social Security’s future. Below, you’ll find a few of the Academy’s many resources highlighting milestones in the program’s history, policy proposals over the years, what Americans think about the program, and how to make the most of your own Social Security benefits. Happy 80th birthday, Social Security!

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Present

Future

Videos:


Social Security: It Pays to Wait


Social Security: Americans Agree


Social Security: Just the Facts


A Young Person's
Guide to Social Security


Social Security's
75th Anniversary

 

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