Children, Social Security, and Private Accounts: 10 Questions for Policymakers

Cauthen, Nancy K.

Social Security has provided a retirement safety net for the elderly for more than six decades. But the program also provides working parents with valuable—and irreplaceable—insurance protection for their families against the tragedies of serious disability and death. Given the importance of the survivor and disability components of Social Security, any responsible proposal for changing the program must address how the children and spouses of deceased workers, and disabled workers and their families would be affected.

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National Center for Children in Poverty
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University
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July 7, 2010