§ 100. Scope of Reference Work – In General

This reference work and accompanying on-line resources cover issues of entitlement and benefit calculation arising out of the set of programs popularly referred to as Social Security. These programs touch the lives of well over 90 percent of all persons living or working in the United States and provide critical income to those who have retired or ceased working due to severe physical or mental disability. They also provide income to other members of a worker's family when the worker has retired, become disabled, or died. The law directing these payments and setting their amount is complicated. Questions about proper application of this law are raised in hundreds of thousands of administrative hearings and well over ten thousand federal court proceedings each year. This collection of materials is assembled to assist those who must resolve questions of Social Security law as judges, those who represent individuals and families seeking Social Security benefits, and individuals, family members, and organizations seeking a clearer understanding of the law that directs the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Since these benefits are centrally important to individuals at critical points in their lives, understanding under what circumstances they are available and how large the payments will be is vital information for planning and making decisions about other forms of savings or insurance.

Rev. 5/10

  • Related Sections:
    • Part 1
      § 101. The Programs Covered - Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
      § 102. Programs Not Covered Although Closely Affiliated With Social Security - Black Lung, Medicare, AFDC, Private Pensions
      § 103. The Issues Covered - Entitlement, Amount, Procedure, Proof or Evidence, Issues of Representation, Planning in Relation to Benefits
      § 104. Related Tax Issues Not Addressed
      § 150. The Different Types of Social Security Benefits - In General