ISBN-10:
0195366891
ISBN-13:
9780195366891
Pub. Date:
04/08/2009
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Understanding the Social Security Act: The Foundation of Social Welfare for America in the Twenty-First Century

Understanding the Social Security Act: The Foundation of Social Welfare for America in the Twenty-First Century

by Andrew Dobelstein

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ISBN-13: 9780195366891
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/08/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.80(d)

Table of Contents

Part I Overview of the Social Security Act 1

Introduction 1

Conclusion 10

1 The Social Security Act in Perspective 13

Introduction 13

The General Structure of the Social Security Act 14

I The Program and Policy Structure of the Social Security Act 15

The Program Structure of the Act 15

The Policy Structure of the Act 18

Summary of Programs and Policies 23

The Dilemma of Insurance and Assistance Implementation Policies 23

II The Social Security Act in the American Political and Ideological Context 27

Conclusion: Shifting Politics and the Social Security Act 37

Part II The Social Insurances 43

Introduction 43

2 Title II: The Program Structure of Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance 47

Introduction 47

The Social Security Program Structure 48

Related Retirement Instruments 63

Conclusion 66

3 Title II: The Policy Structure of Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance 71

Introduction 71

Financing Title II Social Security in Its Larger Economic Context 75

Financing Summary 90

Policy Issues Confronting Social Security Programs 91

Conclusion 98

4 Title III: Unemployment Insurance 101

Introduction 101

Unemployed and Unemployment Characteristics 108

Unemployment Insurance Program Framework 112

Title III Unemployment Insurance Policy Issues 119

Summary of Title III Policy Issues That Call for Attention 125

Challenges Facing Unemployment Insurance for Future Consideration 126

Conclusion 128

Part III Introduction to the Assistance Programs 131

The Legacy of the Social Security Act's Assistance Programs 131

Welfare Assistance and the Social Obligation 133

The Social Obligation in the American System134

Conclusion 140

5 Title XVI: Supplemental Security Income 143

Prologue 143

Prologue Summary 154

The Program Structure of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 155

The Policy Structure of Supplemental Security Income 158

Conclusion 168

6 Who's Taking Care of the Children? Title IV: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and Related Programs for Children and Families 173

Introduction 173

Program Structure of Title IV 179

Policy Structure of Title IV of the Social Security Act 194

Conclusion 204

Part IV Health: Insurance and Assistance 211

Introduction 211

Conclusion 219

7 Title XVII: Medicare Health Insurance for the Aged 221

Medicare in Its Social Welfare Context 221

Medicare's Programs 228

Medicare Policy Issues 237

Obstacles to Reforming Medicare and Health Care 245

Conclusions 248

8 Titles XIX and XXI: Medicaid and the State Child Health Insurance Program 255

Introduction 255

The Political and Economic Context for Medicaid/State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) 256

The Context of Providing Medical Care 258

The Program Structure of Medicaid/State Child Health Insurance Program 260

The Policy Structure of Medicaid and SCHIP 270

Conclusion 278

Part V Title XX: Social Services and the Social Security Act 283

An Introduction to Title XX of the Social Security Act 283

9 Title XX: Social Services 287

Introduction 287

Context for Title XX Development 288

The Program Structure of Title XX 297

The Social Service Program under Title XX 298

Title XX/SSBG Policy Structure 305

Conclusion 309

10 The Social Security Act for America's Twenty-First Century 315

Introduction 315

The Social Security Act in Today's Environment 317

The Theory of Social Welfare Imbedded in the Social Security Act 319

Expanding Welfare Theory through the Social Security Act 323

Reforming the Social Security Act 328

Concluding Thoughts 338

Index 341

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