Social Security Law

The Social Security Act authorizes the provision of benefits to specific demographic groups including the elderly, disabled and blind. Programs like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), as well as related programs like Medicare and Medicaid, help make these benefits available. Taxes provide financing for these programs and the amount that each person pays will vary. There are a variety of Social Security laws in place governing how these programs are run, how a person can qualify for benefits, and what amount of income those benefits can provide. Explore the links in this section to learn more about the body of Social Security law.