Social Security and Covid: Why Getting Help Won’t Be the Same

The pandemic abruptly closed the agency’s 1,200 offices, and officials are considering how to move forward. One issue: Without the offices, fewer low-income seniors sought benefits.

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Robina Asti, Who Made History on the Ground and in the Air, Dies at 99

As a transgender veteran in her 90s, she challenged government bureaucracy. She then set out to be recognized as the oldest working flight instructor.

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Under Biden and Romney Stimulus Plans, An Approach to Help Families

Under plans by President Biden and Senator Mitt Romney, children would be worthy of government support, no strings attached.

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Disabled Americans Are Losing a Lifeline

Biden can help.

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The Auto I.R.A. Is Gaining Traction as a Retirement Savings Option

The automatic I.R.A., administered by state governments, will be more widely available.

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Female Workers Could Take Another Pandemic Hit: To Their Retirements

Unequal job losses now will translate into smaller nest eggs and Social Security benefits down the road.

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If Biden Wants to Be Like F.D.R., He Needs the Left

Radical agitation helped bring Social Security and much of the New Deal into being.

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It’s Time to Talk About Social Security. No More Waiting.

Even before the pandemic, Social Security’s finances were under growing pressure. The next president and Congress will play a crucial role in what happens next.

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What Can We Learn From Rival Political Ads in Florida?

The margin is expected to be razor thin between President Trump and Joe Biden in this hotly contested state, here’s how the campaigns’ recent television and radio ads there are characterizing their opponent.

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Trump’s Payroll Tax ‘Cut’ Fizzles

Big companies say the president’s directive to delay collection of the tax that funds Social Security is more trouble than it is worth. Federal employees are upset they are stuck with it.

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Inflation Is Higher Than the Numbers Say

While government statistics say inflation is low, the reality is that the cost of living has risen during the pandemic, especially for poorer Americans.

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America’s Retirement Race Gap, and Ideas for Closing It

Scholars and policymakers have proposed ways to fix the inequities between whites and people of color, including changes to Social Security and building wealth from birth.

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A ‘Safety Net’ That’s a Kafkaesque Mess

The Supplemental Security Income program, on which millions of disabled Americans depend, is daunting by design.

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Personal Finance Lessons From the Pandemic

Our writer entered the pandemic believing he was in good shape financially. Now, he says, he has a lot more to do.

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Social Security Is Worth More Than You Think, but Needs Your Help

Low interest rates have made Social Security more valuable. But the coronavirus crisis is likely to make its long-term shortfall worse.

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What to Know About Taking Social Security in the Pandemic

Suddenly unemployed older workers who had hoped to delay filing have options that can boost their lifetime benefits.

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