Russian-American writer and philosopher Ayn Rand recieved Social Security and Medicare benefits from Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal in 1974.
In 2010, Scott McConnell, a journalist and former media representative for the Ayn Rand Institute, compiled a history of Ayn Rand. The compilation included transcriptions of interviews with Rand’s friends, family members, and associates and included the responses of Evva Pryor. Pryor, who worked as a consultant at the law firm that represented Rand, acknowledged having helped the author and her husband apply for and receive Social Security benefits in the mid-1970s. McConnell had interviewed Pryor in 1998, 16 years after Rand’s death.