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An insurance program carried out or mandated by a government to provide economic assistance to the unemployed, the elderly, or the disabled.
any of various forms of insurance provided by a government, as unemployment insurance.
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|Noun||1.||social insurance - government provision for unemployed, injured, or aged people; financed by contributions from employers and employees as well as by government revenue|
public assistance, social welfare, welfare - governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need; "she lives on welfare"
national insurance - social insurance program in Britain; based on contributions from employers and employees; provides payments to unemployed and sick and retired people as well as medical services
national assistance, social assistance, supplementary benefit - benefits paid to bring incomes up to minimum levels established by law
Social Security - social welfare program in the U.S.; includes old-age and survivors insurance and some unemployment insurance and old-age assistance
unemployment compensation - payment by a United States agency to unemployed people
disability insurance - social insurance for the disabled
health care - social insurance for the ill and injured