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FAQs About Benefits—Retirement Issues
What percentage of the elderly's income comes from pensions and Social Security?
Among the elderly (those age 65 or older), 41% of their income came from Social Security in 2004, while pensions accounted for 19%. Lower income elderly are very reliant on Social Security, with over 90% of their income coming from Social Security, compared with the highest income elderly at 21%.
See also January 2006 EBRI Notes Article - Income of the Elderly Population: 2004
General Overview of Benefits
- What are the basic types of retirement plans?
- How much money is held in the various types of retirement plans?
- What percentage of the elderly receive work-related pensions?
- What percentage of the elderly's income comes from pensions and Social Security?
- What are the trends in retirement plan participation in the United States?
- Are the types of retirement plans changing?
- What are the trends in defined benefit pension plans?
Health Spending and Insurance Issues
- What has America spent on health care in recent years?
- Is the average American spending a growing amount on health?
- Are these averages indicative of what a typical family pays for medical care?
- Has the amount Americans spend directly on health been growing?
- Has responsibility for paying medical bills shifted over time?
- What do workers and employers pay for employment-based coverage?
- What do employers pay for health benefits as a percent of compensation?
- How does this pattern compare with what's found in other nations?
- Has the way health dollars are spent changed?
- How many Americans have health insurance?
- Where do Americans get their health insurance?
- Which workers are most likely to have employment-based coverage?
Other Benefit Issues