United States Social Security Administration


United States Social Security Administration (SSA) is an independent United States Cabinet Department agency of the United States federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors' benefits.

To qualify for most of these benefits, most workers pay Social Security taxes on their earnings; the claimant's benefits are based on the wage earner's contributions.

Otherwise benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are given based on need.

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