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Post-World War II expansion of Social Security

During and for nearly ten years after the Second World War, few changes were made to the Social Security program, and its scope remained very close to the original legislation and amendments passed.

Yet, in 1954, a major amendment was proposed for the Social Security net that would eventually change Americans' lives forever. The law created disability insurance, which provided a few significant benefits for U.S. citizens.

First, the legislation stipulated that during periods where disabled individuals were unable to work, their Social Security benefits related to retirement could not be affected. Further, it determined a number of requirements for qualification for the program, such as defining disability and the minimum wage and hour requirements that would exclude an individual from consideration. The amendment also established the Social Security Administration's focus on rehabilitation.

When he signed another addition to the disability program into law two years later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, "Although there were differences of opinion over separate provisions, the final legislation was approved overwhelmingly by Congress. In signing this legislation, I am hopeful that this new law, on the whole, will advance the economic security of the American people."

The 1956 amendment provided support to disabled workers aged 50 to 64 and adults who had been disabled when they were children, and in a large expansive move in 1960, Eisenhower signed a law that extended benefits to workers who had been injured at any age, as well as to their dependents.

Through the changes that occurred during the latter half of the Nifty Fifties, disability insurance was extended to numerous Americans in need. If you live in the Granite State and believe you are have a disability claim, an experienced New Hampshire lawyer can help you file the required paperwork with the Social Security Administration and, if need be, appeal a request that has been denied.

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