Social Security: It’s Worse Than You Think

The Social Security Administration underestimates how long Americans will live. As a result, the trust funds will run out two years earlier than the government has predicted.

The Disability Trap

If you are disabled, you can either work and not qualify for financial assistance, or you’re sick, and barred from earning any substantial income.

When You Ask a Senator or Member of Congress for Help

Readers share their tales of attempts to get help from caseworkers who do constituent services work for their elected representatives.

Researchers Wring Hands as U.S. Clamps Down on Death Record Access

A shift by the Social Security Administration to limit access to its death records is beginning to slow research, such as assessments of hospital safety and efforts to spot consumer fraud.