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Status of the Social Security and Medicare Programs: A Summary of the 2016 Annual Reports

A summary of the two reports on the current and projected financial status of the Medicare and Social Security Trust Funds.  From the Social Security Administration


The 2016 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds

Presents the current and projected financial status of the trust funds.  Projects that the combined asset reserves of the OASDI funds will be depleted  in 2034, the same as last year, with 79% of benefits payable at that time.  The Disability Trust Fund will become depleted in 2023, extended from last year’s estimate of 2016.  From the Social Security Administration


Social Security Disability Insurance: Participation and Spending

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Spending on Disability Insurance benefits grew more than ten-fold between 1970 and 2015 and nearly tripled as a share of GDP.  Even if spending is projected to be more modest in the coming years, under current law, spending would exceed income after 2018 and the Trust Fund would be exhausted in 2022.  This report lays out policy options for Congress.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Library Services for Those with Disabilities

Categories: Disability,Libraries/Museums

Examines the characteristics of users of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and how NLS is incorporating emerging trends in technology into the service.  From the Government Accountability Office


2015 Airline Consumer Complaints Up From Previous Year

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Disability,Headlines,Statistics,Transportation

Agency press release on how 2015 airline passenger complaints were up nearly 30% over the 2014 total. The complaints covered a variety of subjects including flight delays, baggage, reservation, ticketing, refunds, customer service, disability, and discrimination. From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


Women in the Labor Force: A Databook

Categories: Disability,Education,Income/Poverty,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Veterans,Women

Tracks women’s historic participation in the U.S. labor force and their earnings. Also covers educational attainment, hours, disability, union membership, and veterans status. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Social Security Policy Options, 2015

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Welfare/Social Services

Analyzes 36 policy options commonly proposed by policymakers for the program that accounts for nearly one-quarter of all federal spending. The options are designed to improve Social Security’s long term finances. From the Congressional Budget Office


Veterans in Prison and Jail, 2011-12

Categories: Crime/Justice,Disability,Mental Health,Statistics,Veterans

Presents counts and rates of veterans in state and federal prisons and in local jails. Includes demographic characteristics, military characteristics, disability, mental health status, current offense, sentence, and criminal history. From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


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