Discontinuing Social Security's Currently Insured Benefit Provision Would Save Millions and Eliminate Inequities

HRD-82-51: Published: Apr 23, 1982. Publicly Released: Apr 23, 1982.

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GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) eligibility insurance provisions, known as the currently insured provision.

The currently insured benefit eligibility insurance provision no longer has relevance. Discontinuance of the provision could save SSA trust funds about $180 million through 1990 and will not affect survivors now receiving benefits. Further, discontinuance will end some inequities to survivors of fully insured workers and to some survivors of workers who do not qualify for benefits.

Matters for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: Congress gave no indication that it wishes to change social security benefits at this time.

    Matter: Congress should amend the Social Security Act to eliminate the currently insured provision. Suggested language to implement this recommendation includes: these amendments shall be effective in determining the insured status of individuals who die after (the effective date to be determined).

  2. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: Congress is not disposed to changing social security benefits at this time.

    Matter: Congress should amend the Social Security Act to eliminate the currently insured provision. Suggested language to implement this recommendation includes: Title II of the Social Security Act is amended by striking out the words "or currently" wherever they may appear in connection with the status of an individual insured under this title.

  3. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: Congress is not prone to changing social security benefits at this time.

    Matter: Congress should amend the Social Security Act to eliminate the currently insured provision. Suggested language to implement this recommendation includes: section 214(b) of the Social Security Act is repealed.

 

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