The latest COVID death data highlight the need for reforms in Social Security

It has taken a toll on Americans in many ways and resulted in the deaths of 1.02 million people nationwide. 

Based on SSA beneficiary death records for 2021, more needs to be done to protect certain groups of Americans.

According to data from the Social Security Administration, there were 840,000 more beneficiary deaths in 2020-2021

Than in 2018-2019, which represents a 17.7% increase over the previous year.

Those who worked in Social Security-covered employment before becoming disabled.

Between 2018-2019 and 2020-2021, this group of beneficiaries experienced an increase of 16.9% in their annual death rate.

The number of deaths among Disabled Adult Children (DAC) beneficiaries also increased by 27.6%.

This most recent data illustrates the "devastating effects of COVID-19 on individuals with underlying health problems," according to The Hill.

In order to receive a second booster shot, Americans must be 50 years of age or older

Or 12 if they are moderately or severely immunocompromised.

Additionally, The Hill notes that it would be useful for the CDC to examine whether science supports

Additional booster eligibility for adult Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability beneficiaries

Under the age of 50, since many SSA beneficiaries have conditions deemed dangerous with COVID by the CDC.

The populations served by SSA overlap strongly with those most at risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

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