WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at Social Security’s disability program:
About 13.6 million people receive federal disability benefits.
—7.6 million receive Social Security disability.
—4.4 million receive Supplemental Security Income.
—1.6 million receive both.
Social Security disability:
—Reserved for people with a substantial work history.
—Average monthly payment: $927
—Financing: A portion of Social Security payroll taxes (the rest goes to the retirement fund).
—Payroll taxes collected for disability program in 2010: $93 billion.
—Total benefits paid in 2010: $124 billion.
—Assets in Social Security disability trust fund at end of 2010: $180 billion.
—Year when trust fund projected to be exhausted: 2017.
Supplemental Security Income:
—Reserved for the very poor.
—Average monthly payment: $500.
—Maximum monthly payment: $674 for individuals, $1,011 for couples.
—Many states provide additional payments.
—Financing: General revenue funds.
—Total benefits paid in 2010: $48 billion.
Sources: Social Security Administration; Congressional Budget Office.