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Social Security Claiming: Opportunities and Considerations

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Even before COVID-19, most people did not claim Social Security retirement benefits at optimal ages—mostly because they claimed too early. Now, with millions of older Americans out of work, many might think about claiming earlier, providing them access to cash now but jeopardizing their retirement security down the road. Faced with this high-stakes decision of when to claim benefits, it is more important than ever that people understand the consequences of their claiming age on their financial security.

Please join the Bipartisan Policy Center for an engaging discussion on why people claim Social Security suboptimally and how public policy can help—during this moment of acute financial stress and beyond.

Featured Participants

Chantel Boyens
Principal Policy Associate, Urban Institute

Jason J. Fichtner
Fellow, BPC; Former Principal Deputy Commissioner, Social Security Administration

Gary Koenig
Vice President, Financial Security, AARP Public Policy Institute

Sita N. Slavov
Professor, George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government, Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Moderated by:

Shai Akabas
Director of Economic Policy, BPC

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