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What is Social Security?

Social Security is a federal insurance program that provides benefits to retired people, people who are disabled, survivors of workers who have died, and other intended beneficiaries. The Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance program (OASDI), the official name for Social Security, was created by the Social Security Act of 1935. About 165 million people work and pay Social Security taxes, and about 58 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits. This section offers articles and resources on the different types of Social Security benefits, the eligibility requirements involved, and more.

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