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A Guide to Social Security’s Acronyms and Terminology

Social Security uses a bewildering array of acronyms, which can easily confuse those who aren’t familiar. For example, the acronym “SSI” which is used by Social Security to designate “Supplemental Security Income” (a low income disability general benefit program available to the public), is often used by an unknowing public to mean “Social Security Income.” But these are two entirely separate government programs with completely different eligibility requirements and benefits offerings. The point is, using correct terminology is important, as discussed in this Tribune-Star article by Any Long, Social Security’s District Manager in Terre Haute, Indiana. Click here to see a glossary of common Social Security acronyms and to access Social Security’s glossary of terms.

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