A look at Social Security’s disability program


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.