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Strengthening Social Security for Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and Their Families

Join the Urban Institute for a conversation with Kilolo Kijakazi, acting Social Security Administration (SSA) commissioner, and Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute. They will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing SSA. In 2023, SSA will administer benefits and payments for over 70 million people, and Social Security will cover about 181 million workers and their families. 

Following the conversation with Kijakazi, an expert panel will discuss challenges facing Social Security retirement and disability programs. Researchers will present policy options that could promote equity and bolster the financial security of retirees, people with disabilities, and their families in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 



  • Manasi Deshpande, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Chicago  
  • Richard Johnson, Senior Fellow, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute 

  • Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner, Social Security Administration 

  • Nicole Maestas, Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School  

  • Alicia Munnell, Director, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College  

  • Jack Smalligan, Senior Policy Fellow, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute

  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.  

Date & Time Tuesday, April 11, 2023

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