Description of Proposed Provisions:
Provisions Affecting Family Member Benefits

Estimates based on the intermediate assumptions of the 2018 Trustees Report
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  Change from current law
[percent of payroll]
Shortfall eliminated
Long-range
actuarial
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Annual
balance in
75th year
Long-range
actuarial
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Annual
balance in
75th year
Current law shortfall in long-range actuarial balance is 2.84 percent of payroll and in annual balance for the 75th year is 4.32 percent of payroll.
D1 Beginning in 2019, continue benefits for children of disabled or deceased workers until age 22 if the child is in high school, college or vocational school.
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-0.06 -0.06 -2% -1%
D2 The current spouse benefit is based on 50 percent of the PIA of the other spouse. Reduce this percent each year by 1 percentage point beginning with newly eligible spouses in 2019, until the percent reaches 33 in 2035.
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0.10 0.15 4% 4%
D3 Allow divorced aged spouses and divorced surviving spouses married 5 to 9 years to get benefits based on the former spouse's account. Divorced aged and surviving spouses would receive 50% of the applicable current-law PIA percentage if married 5 years, 60% of the applicable PIA percentage if married 6 years, ..., 90% of the applicable PIA percentage if married 9 years. This benefit would be available to divorced spouses on the rolls at the beginning of 2020 and those becoming eligible after 2020.
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-0.02 -0.01 -1% -0%
D4 Establish an alternative benefit for a surviving spouse. For the surviving spouse, the alternative benefit would equal 75 percent of the sum of the survivor's own worker benefit and the deceased worker's PIA (including any actuarial reductions or delayed retirement credits). If the deceased worker died before becoming entitled, use the age 62 actuarial reduction if deceased before age 62, or the applicable actuarial reduction/DRC for entitlement at the age of death if deceased after 62. The alternative benefit would not exceed the PIA of a hypothetical earner who earns the SSA average wage index (AWI) every year, and who becomes eligible for retired-worker benefits in the same year in which the deceased worker became entitled to worker benefits or died (if before entitlement). The alternative benefit would be paid only if more than the current-law benefit. This benefit would be available to surviving spouses on the rolls at the beginning of 2020 and those becoming eligible after 2020.
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-0.12 -0.12 -4% -3%
D5 Limit the spousal benefit to that received by the spouse of the 75th percentile career-average worker, beginning with retired workers newly eligible in 2025. For future cohorts, this limit would be indexed for inflation annually using chain weighted CPI-U. The provision affects divorced spouses and young spouses (retired workers) but not spouses of disabled workers.
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0.09 0.19 3% 4%
D6 For spouses and children of retired and disabled workers becoming newly eligible beginning in 2025 and phased in for 2025 through 2034, limit their auxiliary benefit to one-half of the PIA for a hypothetical worker with earnings equal to the national average wage index (AWI) each year.
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0.07 0.10 2% 2%
D7 Beginning in January 2021, require full time school enrollment as a condition of eligibility for child benefits at age 15 up to 18.
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0.00 0.00 0% 0%