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Earl Gregg Swem Library

2014 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds

Categories: Disability,Elderly,Govt Finance,Headlines,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Predicts that the assets of the trust funds will be exhausted in 2033, unchanged from last year, with 77% of benefits still payable at that time.  Also predicts that the annual cost of the program will begin to exceed the annual income in 2020.  From the Social Security Administration


The Labor Force Participation Rate Since 2007: Causes and Policy Implications

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Analyzes the evolution of the labor force participation rate since late 2007 and especially how the Great Recession and the beginning of the retirement of Baby Boomers have affected the participation rate.  Also discusses labor force participation rates for various groups and discusses future scenarios for the participation rate.  From the Council of Economic Advisers


OASDI Beneficiaries by State and County, 2013

Categories: Disability,Elderly,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Provides statistics on the Social Security population at the local level, including the number and type of beneficiaries and the amount of benefits paid in each state and county.  From the Social Security Administration


The 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook

Attempts to predict the federal budget outlook for the next 10 years and beyond.  Foresees period of stable deficits remaining at about 2.5 to 3% of GDP, but larger deficits after 2020 due to an aging population, rising health care costs, and an expansion of federal subsidies for health insurance.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Answers to Questions from Senator Hatch About Various Options for Payroll Taxes and Social Security

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Taxes

Assesses the budgetary implications of altering Social Security payroll tax rates and the maximum amount of earnings on which those taxes are imposed in response to questions from Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.  Includes tables showing effects of potential changes.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Marketplaces Faced Early Challenges Resolving Inconsistencies with Applicant Data

Categories: Health Insurance,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security

Examines how the federal and some state health insurance marketplaces ensured the accuracy of information submitted by applicants for enrollment in qualified health plans.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Department


Not All Internal Controls Implemented by the Federal, California, and Connecticut Marketplaces Were Effective in Ensuring that Individuals Were Enrolled in Qualified Health Plans According to Federal Requirements

Categories: Health Insurance,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security

Questions whether controls were adequate in the administration of the Affordable Care Act to verify social security numbers, citizenship status, and income levels of those signing up for marketplace health insurance plans.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Department


Important Information About Social Security Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

Categories: Marriage/Family,Retirement/Social Security,Sex Issues

Answers questions about how the Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act has resulted in federal recognition of same-sex marriages and the paying of Social Security benefits to surviving spouses in same-sex marriages.  From the Social Security Administration


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