Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 21, 2018 • By

Last Updated: August 19, 2021

a family riding bikes During the month of May, we observe Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the United States and celebrate the accomplishments of this community. Like our great nation, the AAPI community draws strength from family and the diversity of its distinct cultures — each with its own history and range of perspectives.

Social Security’s programs serve as vital financial protection for millions of Americans. If you’re retired, become disabled or die, your benefits may extend to help care for the immediate members of your family. Among the benefits we offer to help secure your family’s financial future:

  • Benefits for minor children – your unmarried children younger than age 18, or full-time students between 18 and 19 years old at a secondary or elementary school, may be able to get benefits under your Social Security record as long as they meet all the requirements for eligibility.
  • Benefits for your disabled adult children – benefits will continue at age 18 to a child who’s disabled. Childhood disability benefits are also payable after reaching age 18, if the disability began before age 22. Our publication, Benefits for Children, explains all we do to help care for children.
  • Benefits for your spouse – your spouse may be able to get spouse’s retirement benefits if they’re at least 62 years of age and you’re receiving retirement or disability benefits. A spouse may also receive the spouse’s benefit if they’re caring for your child who is also receiving benefits.
  • Survivor benefits – we don’t like to think about death, but we need to prepare for it. Social Security eases the financial burden on your loved ones after you die by providing monthly payments to eligible widows, widowers, children, and dependent parents.
  • Services in the language you speak – in addition to publications available in 17 languages, including Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese, Social Security also provides free interpreter services to help you conduct business with us. These interpreter services are available by phone or in a Social Security office.

Our Benefits Planner website explains all the benefits Social Security has to offer you, your spouse, children, and other eligible members of your family. If you’re ready to retire, you can apply for benefits using our online application. Visit our Benefits Planner today!

Knowledge is the key to preparing for tomorrow. Our Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders page has a wealth of information. Visit today and learn more about how Social Security helps you secure today and tomorrow.

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  5. Brenda C.

    My grandson who is 19 was adopted from the Marshall Islands when he was 7months old. He has mitrochandral II disorder and is being treated by Greenwood Genetics. Can you give me some directions for his qualifing for programs.

    • Ray F.

      Hi Brenda, the Social Security Act sets out a strict definition for disability. We pay disability benefits to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. However, if a person believes they are disabled and meets our definition of disability, we encourage them to apply for disability as soon as they become disabled. Your grandson can apply online, which is quick and easy.
      He can also apply by calling our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or he can contact his local Social Security office directly. We hope this information helps!

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    Federal Insurance Contribution Adjustment Act of 2018

    A Bill to End Child Poverty by 2020 and All Poverty by 2030

    (1) To amend the 1.8% DI tax rate starting January 1, 2019 in Sec. 201(b)(1)(T) of the Social Security Act under 42USC§401(b)(1)(T) to either; (1-a) 2.1% DI tax, or (1-a) 2.0% DI tax if OASI pays $225 billion to $240 billion including 2.5% interest in assets for CY09-CY15 to replicate to the extent possible revenue that would have been received if the OASDI tax had been properly adjusted by Public Law 112-96.

    (2) To repeal the Adjustment of the contribution and benefit base in Section 230 of the Social Security Act under 42USC§430 and replace it with ‘There is created in the Treasury a Supplemental Security Income Trust Fund.’ To tax the rich the full 12.4% Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Federal Income Contribution Act (FICA) on all their income to pay 16-24 million children growing up poor SSI benefits FY19 and end poverty by 2030.

    (3) To end benefit attrition with a 3% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) rule every year inflation continues to run about 2.7% and the Trust Fund Ratio is greater than 20% according to Sec. 215(i) of the Social Security Act under 42USC§415(i).

    (4) To amend the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour 2009-2018 to ‘$7.50 in 2019 and 3% more every year thereafter.’ under 29USC§206(a)(1)(D).

    (5) To provide 14 weeks of (unemployment compensation) paid Maternity Protection under ILO Convention 183 (2000).

    (6) To create in the Treasury a United Nations Trust Fund and Medicaid Trust Fund.

    (7) To rrepeal Demonstration Projects and replace it with Maternity Protection at Section 305 of the Social Security Act under 42USC§505.

    (a) To expedite the reemployment of mothers who have established a benefit year to claim unemployment compensation under State law the Secretary of Labor shall pay unemployment compensation for 14 weeks of Maternity Protection under International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 183 (2000).

    (b) On production of a medical certificate, stating the presumed date of childbirth, a woman shall be entitled to a period of maternity leave of not less than 14 weeks. Cash benefits shall be provided at a level which ensures that the woman can maintain herself and her child in proper conditions of health and with a suitable standard of living.

    (1) Where a woman does not meet the conditions to qualify for cash benefits under national laws and regulations or in any other manner consistent with national practice, she shall be entitled to adequate benefits out of social assistance funds, subject to the means test required for eligibility for such assistance, from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) under Sec. 404 of Title IV-A of the Social Security Act under 42USC§604 et seq. and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program for the Aged, Blind and Disabled under Sec. 1611 of Title XVI of the Social Security Act under 42USC§1382 et seq.

    (2) Medical benefits shall be provided for the woman and her child. Medical benefits shall include prenatal, childbirth and postnatal care, as well as hospitalization care when necessary.

    (c) Employers shall provide at least 3 weeks of paid leave annually to uphold the Holiday with Pay ILO Convention No. 132 (1970) and Workers with Family Responsibilities Convention No. 156 (1981). Employers shall provide up to 12 week of unpaid leave to care for the severe sickness of a child under the Family and Medical Leave Act of February 5, 1993 (PL-303-3).

    Be it enacted in the House and Senate Assembled

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  10. Willie M.

    Social Security is not a benefit but a earned account. It is suppose to be for people that while they were working put into it for retirement..This is not right that the money in Social Security is use for everything else, to me this is way Social Security is going broke..

    • Tom

      There are no individual earned accounts. The program is an insurance program (your application says so in the heading). It is just like term insurance where everyone’s contributions go into a pool and you take out only when you qualify. You will receive these benefits until you die, long after what you paid in (even with the most generous interest) was spent. This is why it is considered a social insurance program started in the Great Depression. It insures against the poverty that occurred 80 years ago when 25% of workers lost their jobs and the elderly had no safety net. It is Americans doing for other Americans. Yes, you earned it, but it is about us, not any one individual.

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