Annual Statistical Supplement, 2003

 

Highlights and Trends

Social Security (OASDI)

Employment and Earnings

Workers in OASDI covered employment, 2002 152.8 million
Average earnings, 2002 $32,466
Earnings required in 2003 for—
1 quarter of coverage $890
Maximum of 4 quarters of coverage $3,560
Earnings test exempt amounts for 2003
Under full retirement age for entire year $11,520
For months before reaching full retirement age in 2003 $30,720
Beginning with month of reaching full retirement age in 2003 Test eliminated

Program Data

Cost-of-living adjustment for December 2002 1.4 percent
Average monthly benefit, December 2002
Retired workers $895
Widows and widowers, nondisabled $861
Disabled workers $834
Number of beneficiaries, December 2002
Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance 46.4 million
Old-Age Insurance
Total 32.3 million
Retired workers 29.2 million
Survivors Insurance
Total 6.9 million
Widows and widowers, nondisabled 4.6 million
Disability Insurance
Total 7.2 million
Disabled workers 5.5 million
Benefit payments, 2002
Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance $453.8 billion
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance $388.1 billion
Disability Insurance $65.7 billion
Administrative expenses, 2002
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance
Amount $2.1 billion
As a percentage of total benefits paid 0.6 percent
Disability Insurance
Amount $2.0 billion
As a percentage of total benefits paid 3.1 percent

Program Trends

Supplemental Security Income

Annual Payment Adjustments

Monthly federal benefit rate, effective January 2003
Individual living in his or her own household $552
Couple with both members eligible $829
Cost-of-living adjustment 1.4 percent

Program Data

Total
Benefits paid in 2002 $34.6 billion
Number of recipients, December 2002 6.9 million
Average benefit, December 2002 $408.64
Federally administered payments
Benefits paid in 2002 $33.7 billion
Number of recipients, December 2002 6.8 million
Average benefit, December 2002 $407.42
Federal SSI payments
Benefits paid in 2002 $29.9 billion
Number of recipients, December 2002 6.5 million
Average benefit, December 2002 $376.76
Federally administered state supplementation
Benefits paid in 2002 $3.8 billion
Number of recipients, December 2002 2.5 million a
Average benefit, December 2002 $127.53
State-administered supplementation
Benefits paid in 2002 $0.8 billion
Number of recipients, December 2002 0.6 million b
Average benefit, December 2002 $110.62
a. Includes 2.2 million persons receiving federal SSI and state supplementation and 0.3 million persons receiving state supplementation only.
b. Includes 151,989 persons receiving state supplementation only.

Program Trends

Health Care

Medicare

Total benefits paid in calendar year 2002
Hospital Insurance (Part A) $149.9 billion
Supplementary Medical Insurance (Part B) $111.0 billion
Number of enrollees in July 2002 (one or both of Parts A and B) 40.5 million
Aged 34.7 million
Disabled 5.8 million
Administrative costs, 2002
Hospital Insurance
Amount $2.6 billion
As a percentage of total benefits paid 1.7 percent
Supplementary Medical Insurance
Amount $2.2 billion
As a percentage of total benefits paid 2.0 percent

Medicaid

Medical service expenditures in fiscal year 2000 $168.3 billion
Number of unduplicated recipients, fiscal year 2000 42.8 million
Average 2000 vendor payment per unduplicated recipient
Persons aged 65 or older $11,929
Permanently and totally disabled persons $10,559
Dependent children under age 21 $1,358
Average 2000 vendor payment for medical services
Nursing facility services $20,220
Inpatient general hospital care $4,919
Prescribed drugs $975
Physicians services $356

Other Social Insurance Programs and Veterans' Benefits

Unemployment Insurance

Total payments, 2002 $42.1 billion
Average—
Weekly benefit amount (regular programs) $257
Duration of benefits 16.5 weeks
Weekly insured unemployment 3.6 million
Covered employment 126.5 million

Workers' Compensation

Benefit payments, 2001 $49.4 billion
Compensation payments $27.4 billion
Medical and hospitalization $22.0 billion
Benefits paid by—
Private insurance carriers $27.1 billion
State and federal funds $11.0 billion
Employers' self-insurance $11.3 billion
Covered workers per month 127.0 million
Costs as a percentage of covered payroll 1.39 percent

Temporary Disability Insurance a

Average weekly benefit, 2000
California b
State fund $256
Private plans $399
New York
State fund $146
Private plans $185

a. Programs in effect in California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, and the railroad industry.
b. Accounts for half of the workers participating in Temporary Disability Insurance.

Black Lung Benefits

Basic benefit to miner or widow $534.60
Maximum family benefit $1,069.20
Part B (claims filed before July 1, 1973)
Number of monthly benefits to miners, widows, and dependents, December 2002 71,600
Total benefits paid, calendar year 2002 $439.3 million
Part C (claims filed July 1, 1973, or later)
Total benefits paid, fiscal year 2002
Disability and survivors benefits $320.0 million
Medical benefits $64.2 million

Veterans' Benefits

Number of veterans with disability compensation or pension, 2002
Service-connected disability 2,398,000
Non-service-connected disability 347,000
Monthly payment in 2003 for—
Service-connected disability
10 percent disability $104
Total disability $2,193
Non-service-connected disability (maximum payment)
Without dependent $807
With one dependent and in need of aid and attendance $1,597

Public Assistance Programs

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Total payments, 2002 $10.1 billion
Average monthly number of—
Recipients 5.1 million
Families 2.1 million
Average monthly payment
Per recipient $167
Per family $412

Food Stamps

Monthly benefits, beginning October 1, 2003
Four-person household with no income $471
Standard deduction (one-person to four-person households) $134
Fiscal year 2002
Average number of participants 19.1 million
Total benefits $18.3 billion

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance

(Funds issued by the Department of Health and Human Services in fiscal year 2001.)

Block grants to—
50 states and the District of Columbia $1.36 billion
Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands $1.9 million
Direct block grants to 128 Indian tribes and tribal organizations $12.5 million
Leveraging incentive awards to—
37  states $19.2 million
30 Indian tribes and tribal organizations $1.4 million
Residential Emergency Assistance Challenge (REACH) program awards to—
5 states $4.5 million
8 Indian tribes and tribal organizations $1.2 million
Emergency contingency funds to—
50  states and the District of Columbia $451 million
128 Indian tribes and tribal organizations $4.0 million

Poverty Data

Weighted average poverty thresholds, 2002
Individual, aged 65 or older $8,628
Couple, householder aged 65 or older $10,885
Family of four $18,392
Percentage of population with income below poverty level, 2001
All ages 11.7 percent
Children under age 18 living in families 15.7 percent
Persons aged 65 or older 10.1 percent