Social Security Administration

Social Security Administration

noun U.S. Government.
a division of the Department of Health and human services, created in 1946, that administers federal Social Security programs. Abbreviation: SSA
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The American system for distributing old age and disability pensions from the federal government. Initiated through the Social Security Act of 1935, Social Security pensions are financed by contributions from workers and employers. Benefits are also available to the survivors of workers covered under Social Security.

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