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Jim Palmieri

Jim Palmieri, PhD, is a senior strategic policy advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute. His areas of expertise include Social Security, retirement, and financial security. Read his full biography.
Although COVID-19 had a sudden, profound impact on the U.S. economy, its impact on the fiscal health of Social Security has been modest.
Claiming Social Security earlier means more time receiving benefits, but that action will permanently reduce them, which can threaten financial health at older ages.
Polling data shows that contrary to popular belief, support for Social Security is consistently high in all age groups in the United States
Representative payees are vital to the well-being of millions of Social Security beneficiaries, and most perform their duties well; nevertheless, the program can be strengthened.
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