The goal of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is to improve core services provided to the public and provide alternative methods for conducting business with the agency. In support of this goal, SSA is committed to providing equal access to services for Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals. The types of claims for Social Security and/or Medicare benefits for which data is provided are Retirement and Survivor Insurance (RSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for aged population (65 years old and over), blind or with other disability and the Medicare financial support for persons with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
SSA administers two different programs which pay disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a nationwide federal assistance program that guarantees a minimum level of income. SSA pay SSI benefits to help aged (age 65 or older), blind, and disabled people, who have limited income, limited resources, and are U. S. citizens or national, or in one of certain categories of aliens. An initial claim is the initial request or application submitted by an individual. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. The Disability Insurance program pays benefits to the “insured” and certain members of his/her family, “insured” meaning that he/she worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.
As mentioned the dataset provides yearly and quarterly volumes, for spoken language preferences at the national level, of individuals applying for Retirement and Survivor Insurance (RSI) benefits.
The Social Security Act contains a provision that extends Medicare Part A and B coverage to individuals with end stage renal disease. SSA collects language preference data when members of the public contact us to apply for Social Security and Medicare benefits and services. End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is a medical condition in which a person’s kidneys cease functioning on a permanent basis leading to the need for a regular course of long-term dialysis or a kidney transplant to maintain life. Beneficiaries may become entitled to Medicare based on ESRD. Benefits on the basis of ESRD are for all covered services, not only those related to the kidney failure condition.
A federal fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30. Most years the fiscal year workload reports contain 52 weeks since only full weeks is included, rather than cut off in the middle of a week. Every few years the reporting period is 53 weeks when the end of week cutoff is applied. Fiscal Year 2016 is a 53-week year for the workload reports.