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Social Security commissioner to speak at Miami

10/12/2000

Kenneth Apfel, commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration, will visit Miami University for a public discussion and question and answer session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in room 100 of the art building.

"This is an incredible opportunity for Miami students and faculty and the community at large, particularly given the current political debate over the future of Social Security and Medicare, " said Suzanne Kunkel, director of Miami's Scripps Gerontology Center , sponsor of the visit.

Nearly one in six Americans receives Social Security benefits, and it is the major source of income for two-thirds of beneficiaries age 65 and older.

Social Security is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in history, according to Apfel. Today, about 11 percent of older Americans are poor and without Social Security, about half of all older Americans would be living in poverty.

In his position - described as one of the most complex and challenging in the federal government - Apfel leads an agency that delivers benefits each month to over 50 million people. He has strengthened the policy, planning and public education activities of the Social Security Administration and has led efforts to strengthen childhood disability programs and to enable persons with disabilities to return to work.

This event is free and open to the public.

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