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Social Security Benefits

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Social Security is a federal program that pays monthly payments to aged, blind and disabled people. In some cases, dependents and survivors also get benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) runs the program. Unlike the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, Social Security is like an insurance program. You must have worked and paid enough Social Security taxes to get benefits.

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Last Review and Update: May 28, 2014