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The SUPPLEMENT presents calendar-year and trend data
that (1) relate social welfare and its components to national
economic indicators, (2) provide interprogram comparisons
of benefits, beneficiaries, etc., for social security and related
programs, and (3) give details on program operations for
old-age, survivors, and disability insurance and summary
figures for public assistance and Federal credit unions. It
also includes a legislative chronology, in chart form, of the
old-age, survivors, disability, and health insurance program.
Orders should be directed to the Superintendent of Docu-
ments, C. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C.
20402. 120 pages. 60 cents.

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Price: $2.75 a year in the United States, Canada, and Mexico; $3.50 in all other countries; single copies, 25 cents. Price of the 1955 Supplement, 40 cents; 1956 Supplement, 45 cents ; 1957 Supplement, 50 cents ; 1959 Supplement, 55 cents; 1960 Supplement, 60 cents; 1962 Supplement, 60 cents; 1963 Supplement, 60 cents; 1964 Supplement, 50 cents; 1965 Supplement, 60 cents. Use of funds for printing this publication has been approved by the Director of the Bureau of the Budget (April 7, 1964).

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE

John W. GARDNER, Secretary

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

ROBERT M. Ball, Commissioner

NOTE: Contents of this publication are not copyrighted ; any items may be reprinted, but citation of the Social Security Bulletin

as the

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND STATISTICS
Ida C. MERRIAM, Assistant Commissioner
Advisory Committee on Research Development

MARGARBT GORDON, Chairman

E, Cary Brown, Jacob FELDMAN

GBORGE H. HildeBRAND, NATHAN KEYPITZ James MORGAN, EUGENE SMOLENSKY, FREDERICK F. STEPHAN

Social Security in Review

PROGRAM OPERATIONS

OASDI Benefits

than 1.4 million persons at the end of March 1967, about 23,000 more than at the end of December 1966. Although 13,000 fewer benefits were withheld from retired workers and their dependent wives or husbands at the end of March than at the end of December, the number withheld at the end of March for all other major categories of beneficiaries was higher. In particular, 134,000 “special age-72” benefits were withheld at the end of March, compared with 103,000 at the end of December, mainly because the persons involved received government pensions or public assistance payments.

HI Benefits

In May more than 450,000 hospital admission notices were received by the Social Security Ad

DURING MAY, monthly cash benefits under the old-age, survivors, disability and health insurance program (OASDHI) were awarded to 337,000 persons-160,000 to retired workers and their dependents, 94,000 to survivors of deceased workers, 60,000 to disabled workers and their families, and 23,000 to “special age-72” beneficiaries. In all, the number of benefit awards in May was 32,000 higher than in April, and slightly more than half the increase represented a rise in the number of awards to retired workers. For the first time, awards of "special age-72” benefits remained at approximately the same level as that of the preceding month. Nearly three-fourths of the 114,000 benefits awarded to retired workers were currently payable, and the others were immediately suspended—usually because the awardees were employed workers who had filed claims solely to acquire eligibility for hospital insurance benefits.

During the first quarter of 1967, benefits were awarded to about 230,000 children. About 141,000 of those receiving child's benefit awards were under age 18, 84,000 were students, and 6,000 were adults with childhood disabilities.

At the end of May the total number of monthly cash benefits payable to all beneficiaries was approximately 14,000 above the level in April. Total cash benefit payments in the month of May amounted to about $1,761 million-slightly less than April's total. An additional amount of $24 million was paid in lump-sum death payments to 117,000 persons on the accounts of 108,000 deceased workers.

Monthly cash benefits were withheld from more

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