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SSI Celebrates 50th Anniversary

This year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) celebrates fifty years of administering the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

President Richard Nixon signed the bill in 1972, and in Jan. 1974, SSA began issuing the first SSI payments to nearly four million eligible people. The goal of the SSI program was to aid aged, blind, and individuals with disabilities with very limited income and resources.

Fifty years later, the SSI programs remains a lifeline by providing cash assistance to about 2 percent of the U.S. population, approximately 7.5 million people, with limited income and r...


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