Happy Birthday, Social Security!

This month, the nation celebrates the 80th birthday of Social Security, an economic lifeline for millions of Americans.

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. The Act, a significant milestone in U.S. history, established several key benefit programs that we know today such as unemployment insurance, old-age benefits, and programs for children and the disabled.

So, what programs were created under the Social Security Act? There are many, and Benefits.gov has information on these benefits that may be helpful to you or someone you know!

To start, all U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) programs were made possible by the Social Security Act. The Act included provisions for the creation of the Social Security Board, which is today's SSA. SSA manages countless benefit programs for those in need, and the disabled, sick, and retired. Benefits.gov even has a category dedicated to Social Security benefit programs to easily find these benefits.

Over 10 million Americans receive Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits, which are paid to people who are unable to work because of a disability that has lasted or will last for at least 12 months or will end in death, and who have earned enough Social Security credits. Even more Americans are beneficiaries of the Social Security Medicare Program. Medicare benefits individuals aged 65 and older who receive Social Security Disability benefits, and others with certain medical ailments.

Two more programs, Social Security Retirement Income Benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), have also helped millions of Americans live better lives. Americans over age 62 with enough Social Security credits can earn Social Security retirement benefits; Low-income Americans over 65 with a disability can earn SSI. Together, all these programs create a safety net for the most vulnerable Americans.

These are just a few of the programs SSA offers, all thanks to the historic Social Security Act. Celebrate 80 years of Social Security by visiting Benefits.gov and using our Benefit Finder tool to see what other benefits you may be eligible to receive.


Social Security Disability Assistance
Social Security Insurance