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Provisions That Could Change the Social Security Program

Current Trustees Report Solvency Provisions

Long-Range Solvency Proposals

2008 Trustees Report

Annual Trustees Reports contain estimates of the future financial status of Social Security's Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) and Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Funds under current law. Recent Reports call for informed discussion, creative thinking, and timely legislation to address expected future deficits. In response, various provisions have been suggested to modify the Social Security program. We have analyzed many of these provisions, including those introduced in Congress as part of comprehensive solvency proposals or those requested by the Social Security Advisory Board. We grouped the provisions into 9 categories, as shown below. We also provide a list of all provisions.

Category of Change to the Social Security Program
(Estimates based on the 2008 Trustees Report)
A: Cost-of-Living Adjustment F: Coverage of Employment/Earnings
B: Level of Monthly Benefits (PIA) G: Investment in Marketable Securities
C: Retirement Age H: Taxation of Benefits
D: Payroll Tax Rates I:  Individual Accounts
E: OASDI Contribution and Benefit Base  
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Following a brief description of each provision, estimates of the financial effect on the combined OASI and DI programs over the long-range period (the next 75 years) and for the 75th year are provided. If the provision is based on part of a comprehensive solvency proposal, then a link to our memorandum for the comprehensive proposal is given.

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Estimates are available for similar options based on the 2005 Trustees Report Portal to U.S. government agencies Privacy Policy  | Website Policies & Other Important Information  | Site Map
Last reviewed or modified May 12, 2009
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