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Rule Changes in Social Security Set to Help Improve Older Women’s Lives – Paper

May 14, 2012

A white paper contained a new set of proposals calling for changes in Social Security rules that would substantially ease poverty among older women, reports said.

The paper, entitled “Breaking the Social Security Glass Ceiling,” was authored by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare Foundation, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and the National Organization for Women Foundation.

The paper outlined the problems of poverty among older women receiving Social Security retirement benefits. In the paper, it was said that women earn less money than men do.

Proposals indicated in the paper include the following:

  • Reduction of benefits losses for lower-income beneficiaries on the event their spouse dies;
  • Benefit credits grant for persons caring for children or elderly or disabled;
  • Enhancement of disability benefits; and
  • Extension of benefits for same-sex couples and their children.

In an interview, Max Richtman, the head of the National Committee, admitted that the proposals won’t be enacted anytime soon. However, he believes that conservative proposals to reduce benefits play a huge part in the weakening of the Social Security program.

For Richtman and other supporters, calls for the expansion of Social Security benefits would enable people to rely once again on the long-term possibility of a vital program.

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