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OVER THE YEARS

1996

Rules changed for disability benefits; new applicants no longer eligible if drug addiction or alcoholism is a material factor in disability

August Social Security eligibility ended for most noncitizens (modified in 1997), and eligibility rules for children are


Getting the signature: President Lyndon Johnson signs legislation creating Medicare and Medicaid in July 1965. At his left is former president Harry Truman, who proposed such a program in 1945. In the background, from left: Lady Bird Johnson, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and Bess Truman. (AP)

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tightened

2000

April Retirement earnings test eliminated, allowing beneficiaries at or above normal retirement age who continue to work to collect full benefits instead of having them reduced based on

earnings


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