62nd Anniversary of Social Security Disability Insurance

62nd Anniversary of Social Security Disability Insurance

62 Year Anniversary - Social Security Administration
Celebrate the SSDI anniversary on August 1st!

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has been one of the most effective programs established in the U.S. Created to help provide financial support to American workers when they are most in need, SSDI will celebrate 62 years of existence. As we celebrate the SSDI anniversary on August 1st, let’s recap the history of SSDI. This way you can better understand where the program came from and how far we’ve come since then.

Celebrating the SSDI Anniversary By Learning Its History

Although SSDI has been around for 62 years, the Social Security Administration has been around even longer. Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. He did this as a means to protect American citizens and their families from the financial stress caused by the loss of employment and of old age.

However, it wasn’t until more than two decades later disability insurance came into existence through an amendment. These days, around nine million disabled workers and two million of their dependents rely on SSDI benefits.

SSDI Milestones

To get a better idea of how far Social Security has come since it was first signed into law, let’s take a look at some of the main milestones throughout its history:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935.
  • Two years later, in 1937, the Social Security Administration began collecting taxes. It is through these Social Security taxes that individuals become eligible to qualify for SSDI. The first one-time, lump-sum payments were also first paid this year.
  • Up until 1939, Social Security was only for the elderly and the unemployed. Benefits expanded in 1939 to include spouses and children. As well as for survivors of benefit recipients who had passed away.
  • In January of 1940, the Social Security Administration began paying out monthly benefits for the first time.
  • It wasn’t until 1956 that an amendment was introduced to the Social Security Act to provide SSDI to workers who were eligible from paying taxes. In addition to those whose injuries or illnesses prevented them from being able to work.
  • On July 30, 1966, Medicare passed into law. The law become the only health insurance program in the country for citizens that were 65 years old or older. Although individuals with disabilities under the age of 65 can also qualify.
  • In 1974, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) became introduced as a federal income supplement program.  The purpose behind the program was to meet the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter for older, blind and disabled individuals with little to no income.
  • The Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) was introduced in 1975 to help ensure that benefits kept up with inflation.
  • In 1994, the Social Security program went online. By establishing an online presence, the Social Security Administration made it much easier for people to access valuable information about SSDI benefits. The fact that they established an online presence so early — well before the Internet became widely adopted — shows how progressive the program has been.
  • In 2001, the Social Security Administration made it possible for seniors to submit retirement claims online. This was particularly beneficial for individuals with physical limitations that would have trouble reaching a local office.
  • In 2012, the Social Security Administration broadened the function of their website by allowing people to access their Social Security Statement online. This was the first service available as part of the Administration’s my Social Security account capabilities.
  • In 2013, the Social Security Administration made it possible to access instant proof of benefits online via one’s my Social Security account.
  • By 2014, more than half of all retirement claims were completed on the Social Security website.

This is just a brief history of the Social Security program over the past six decades. As we look back on the 62nd SSDI anniversary, we should appreciate how successful the program has been. Also marvel at the constant improvements made for the benefit of the American worker over the years.

How to Get Answers for SSDI Benefit Questions

If you have any questions about qualifying for SSDI or need professional guidance applying for benefits, then be sure to call us at (602) 952-3200 to schedule a free consultation today at Social Security Disability Advocates USA

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