§ 150. The Different Types of Social Security Benefits - In General


When first enacted, in 1935, the Social Security program was almost exclusively a retirement benefit program. It provided for monthly benefits to covered workers who had reached the age of eligibility (then 65) and also retired. The program has since acquired two additional types of benefits. It now includes benefits for covered workers who become severely disabled, long before they reach retirement age. It also includes benefits for others, related to the worker, in the event of the worker's retirement, disability, or death.


  • Related Sections:
    • Part 1
      § 152. The Different Types of Social Security Benefits - Benefits Categorized According to the Worker's Situation
      § 160. Old-Age Benefits - In General
      § 170. Disability Benefits - In General
      § 200. Benefits Based on Family Relationship - In General
    • Part 2
      § M 100. Entitlement to More Than One Benefit