Social Security Benefits Increase in 2019

" "Each year we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Usually, there is an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month, starting the following January. Law requires that federal benefit rates increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

The CPI-W rises when prices increase for the things the average consumer buys. This means that when prices for goods and services we purchase become more expensive, on average, the COLA increases benefits and helps beneficiaries keep up with the changing cost of living.

More than 67 million Americans will see a 2.8 percent increase in their Social Security and SSI benefits in 2019.

This month marks other changes based on the increase in the national average wage index. For example, the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security payroll tax will increase to $132,900 in 2019. The retirement earnings test exempt amount will also increase.

Want to know your new benefit amount? In December 2018, we posted Social Security COLA notices online for retirement, survivors, and disability beneficiaries who have a my Social Security account. You can view and save these COLA notices securely via the Message Center inside my Social Security.

Next year, be the first to know! Sign up for or log in to your personal my Social Security account. Choose email or text under “Message Center Preferences” to receive courtesy notifications so you won’t miss your electronic COLA notice!

This year, even if you accessed your COLA notice online, you still received your COLA notice by mail. In the future, you will be able to choose whether you receive your notice online instead of on paper. Online notices will not be available to representative payees, individuals with foreign mailing addresses, or those who pay higher Medicare premiums due to their income. We plan to expand the availability of COLA notices to additional online customers in the future.

Check our website for more information about the 2019 COLA. You can also read our publication Cost-of-Living Adjustment.

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147 thoughts on “Social Security Benefits Increase in 2019

  1. After the Congressional changes in Medicare and other issues, the statement that SS Benefits will increase becomes a lie. My benefits will go down about a dollar a month and my wife’s benefits go down more than $6 a month. That is based on the Social Security Adm. information sheet for 2019 that we received last month.

    • Thank you for your comment, Stan. When there is an increase in the Medicare Part B premium, a statutory “hold harmless” provision protects approximately 70 percent of Medicare Part B enrollees from paying a higher Part B premium to avoid reducing their net Social Security benefit. Enrollees not protected include higher income individuals subject to an income-adjusted Part B premium and beneficiaries newly entitled to Part B in 2019. Additionally, enrollees who have their Medicare Part B premiums paid by state Medicaid agencies will see no change in their Social Security benefit. The state will pay any Medicare Part B premium increase.

  2. I have a ticket to work. Does the amount I can earn yearly increase? Just curious about this I haven’t been able to find this on the web site.
    Thank you

  3. I wish the COLA was not determined as a %, but that the COLA would be determined by the % times the number of persons receiving SS and then take the final number and divide it by the number of people receiving SS so that everyone gets the same amount of increase, not the higher recipients getting a larger % increase….It costs no more for a loaf of bread whether or not a person is at the top of SS or at the bottom, so why should the top recipients get a bigger increase via the % application?

    This would be a fair way to “spread the wealth”, concept.

    • David (in Ma, of course) Can you please explain why this “share the wealth concept” should apply? For too long, the Left has pushed this idiocy and it has, I fear, become the driving force in this country. Let’s just give up. Let’s have free college, free healthcare, forgiveness of student debt, guaranteed minimum income, $40 per hour (hell, $100 per hour) minimum wage. Would that satisfy you.

  4. Why did we not receive any increase in 2015 & 2016 and the increase in 2017 was taken for Medicare??? You are abusing seniors who have paid in for many many years.

  5. The Medicare cost increased 20% . so when it’s all said and done, I get a whooping net COLA of about $18/month…very sad considering the fact that Confessional member have life long FREE MEDICAL COVERAGE !

  6. The COLA increase is a sham, because with the increase, expect to see higher Medicare premium cost. So, I have seen no difference in my benefit amount from this or the last adjustment.

  7. My Social Security with the “benefit increase”, is actually being cut from 2018 amount of $321.40 to the 2019 amount of $289.00 per month.
    I paid into Social Security for 29 years, and waited until 66 to begin drawing Social Security. However, because I worked very hard and had two careers, one a County government career which did not pay into SS, and the other a long career in the military reserves, my Social Security benefit was initially reduced from $1,200 per month to $640 per month before MediCare.
    This year, in 2019, part B costs increased with IRMAA to $352, a month, which leaves me a total Social Security benefit of $289 per month. Thank you Congress for cutting my Social Security benefit and breaking promises of free lifetime healthcare with a military retirement, and continuing to reduce the amount received in my Social Security benefits.
    I do not recommend anyone waiting past age 62 to receive SS benefits.

  8. I know I get “MY SOCIAL SECURITY”, but What is “federal benefit”? I don’t receive welfare or medicaid, so wondering if I am missing this monthly “entitlement”?

  9. I do not remember my passwords to get into my account. I filled out all the required boxes and was promised a letter with a temporary password about a month ago.
    It hasn’t come.
    What do I do?

    • For assistance with your account, please call our dedicated my Social Security-Hotline. To reach this hotline, call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”. Or contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  10. You said I would get an increase last year, but not one red cent came my way. Same with this year. Every time I am suppose tp get an increase, Medicare takes it all away. Certainly doesn’t help me with the cost of living. I as suppose to live on $824. a month. RIGHT!

    • Hello, an SSA-1099 is a tax form we mail each year, during the month of January, to people who receive Social Security benefits. It shows the total amount of benefits you received from Social Security in the previous year so you know how much Social Security income to report to IRS on your tax return. Thanks!

  11. Thank Goodness for these increases. As a woman in the work force during the 60’s through the 90’s, I did not receive equal pay for the work performed. Hence, my social security is not sufficient. Each little bit really counts.

  12. Social Security has evolved into a real scam. You pay your whole life & Congress, who doesn’t pay, gets to determine what money you get back. What a racket. No one in Congress cares about you & me, neither Republican or Democrat. If they did, they would attempt to get along for the good of the country, but they are more interested in filling their pockets & f u. If they cared, we would not be complaining on this site & all the others. We have a gov’t of rich & egocentric 5 yr olds who don’t concern themselves with the peasants who vote for them.

    • I agree we should get the same pay schedule as Congress wether republican or Democrat but on a prorated amount. If they only work 6 years in Congress it should be divided by people working 50 plus years. If they get free medical we should get that also Why not. They should pay into social security and the monthly amount would be fair for everyone.

  13. Hi! Good afternoon,
    Jim Borand, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications.

    Hereby, I wish acquaint U.S. Social Security Commissioner through you than the increasing Cola
    adjusted sum was not has been added to my monthly receiving awarded won payment belonging January 03
    2019 direct deposit to my bank account. The amount
    been deposited and gotten within my bank account was
    by $750.00 instead of $838.00 as It was been notified
    by the U.S. Social Security Administration to me.

    Very Truly Yours,

    Franklin L. Hernandez c/o
    Franklin Leonidas Hernandez,
    United States Citizen,
    Dominican/American,
    Accountant-Legal Services.

    D/O/B:07/06/1945
    U.S. Social Security Number:*** – ** – ***
    NYS-ID:166 153 686 IdNYC:16240251012561 6

    Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 322088 New York, N.Y. 10032-0512 Telephone/Cellular Phone: 347-619-4966

    United States Registered Physical Address: 440 Beach
    58th. Street, Arverne, N.Y. 11692
    United States Registered Permanent Address:72-66 Fort Washington Ave. Apt.4, New York, N.Y. 10032.

    New York State,
    New York County,
    UNITED STATES,
    Thursday, January 3, 2018
    F.L.H.-

  14. COLA gave me a cost of living increase for 2019 . BUT i am still living on the edge of poverty as many people do on SDI . I am 56 years old and became disabled 5 year,s ago , Trying to keep my home of 25+ year,s that alone take,s 95 % of my SDI income, I was able to get snap benefits(food stamps) from the state . BUT as my gross income goes up cost of living increase MY snap benefits go down . because snap benefits go by gross income . so fed give and state take away, SO i never see an increase and the medical insurance cost is killing me….

    • You should not have been given a new number. Duplicate card, yes. March into your nearest Ss Office to get the numbers straightened out. Bring both cards, do, proof of address, if married, marriage license, and any Veterans or service docs you may have with your number on it .passport if you have one.

    • Hello Richard. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks!

  15. I started getting my social security pension since age 65, but I worked till 70 yrs old and had SS deduction on my paycheck. I Would like to know if there is an increase in my SS pension since I got a SS deduction on my paycheck while I was still working after age 65. Thank you.

    • Hello Levita. Under current law, everyone working in covered employment or self-employment regardless of age or eligibility for benefits must pay Social Security and Medicare taxes. As long as you continue to work, even if you are receiving benefits, you will continue to pay Social Security taxes on your earnings. However, we will check your record every year to see whether the additional earnings you had will increase your monthly benefit. If there is an increase, we will send you a letter telling you of your new benefit amount. We hope this information helps!

    • No, Joel, there will not be any interruption due to the government shutdown according to what I read.
      But feel free to double check directly with Social Security.

    • Thank you for your question, Joel. At this time, there is no anticipated disruption in benefit payments for Social Security beneficiaries or Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries. All payments will continue to be made on schedule.

  16. Now my rent goes up and my food stamps and energy assistance go down. Well I can look forward to a 2.8% increase in the cost of food in 2019.

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  18. 01/03/2019 call the Social Security Benefits 1-800-772-1213. No answer had a question why my Social Security Benefits has been reduced 01/03/2019 with no letter send or any type of information?

    • Hello Omayra. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question at this time. One of our representatives should be able to provide you with an explanation. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks!

  19. 2.8% increase in social security I am sure the government will impose a tax increase perhaps on Utility companies to rip it from us faster then we get it. Give with one hand and they take it in another hand.

  20. It seems strange that the common folks out there cannot seem to grasp the concept that when the COLA goes up the check amount goes up less the Medicare premium which also goes up. Some get more and some get the same (Held harmless). If this is not fair then write into your representative for changes in the law and tell him/her what you think is fair. Most people get something and that beats the heck out of nothing.

  21. I am unable to keep up with so many different password protected accounts online even using different usernames and now requiring a new change every 60 days. Afraid I will not be able to use these systems in the future. Enjoy.

  22. I should find a fence to climb I would be entitled to free food, free housing, free medical, free education etc.. A measly 2.8% and the gov. already has figured out a way to take it back. LOL

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    • @Elger Oliver Cheney… 3 words in told me there was no point to this thesaurus-in-a- blender but I gave it the benefit of the doubt in case it might just be s language barrier. 2 more lines (there were no actual sentences) cleared that up. At that point I just kept going for the entertainment value, which was considerable, by the way. At the very end my efforts were rewarded by that last little nugget of information, “ACCEPTED NO LEGAL GUARDIAN.” Yep, that one’s off his/her meds. Maybe you should take that act on the road, or in your case, get the staff to allow you to tape your YouTube videos in the padded room. Great acoustics, clean background. Might even get a bunch of subscribers. All humor aside though, hopefully your Social Security benefits are paid to you through an alternate payee who’s legally competent and can form words into sentences.

  24. you took my cola to pay more on medicare so you gave me nothing so stop saying you gave me a increase .your cola is as useless as a wall !!

    • When there is an increase in the Medicare Part B premium, a statutory “hold harmless” provision protects approximately 70 percent of Medicare Part B enrollees from paying a higher Part B premium to avoid reducing their net Social Security benefit. Enrollees not protected include higher income individuals subject to an income-adjusted Part B premium and beneficiaries newly entitled to Part B in 2019. Additionally, enrollees who have their Medicare Part B premiums paid by state Medicaid agencies will see no change in their Social Security benefit. The state will pay any Medicare Part B premium increase.

  25. Ray – Tell us all again – for the thousandth time why some people did not get any net increase in take-home Social Security benefits. We obviously prefer to complain rather than read your explanation.

  26. Why are we not going to be paid the full 2.8% increase? In prior years, at least the full amount was listed in your notification letter even though the “cents” were never paid to us. Where do those extra dollars go of our money each year? They’re certainly not on my bank account.

  27. My spouse is legally blind thus does not use the internet. He is also hearing impaired. When I attempted to set up an on line account for him, it was not allowed because I used the same phone number as mine. He does not have a separate phone. WHY can’t two people use the same phone number…..especially husband and wife

    • Hi Vivian, thank you for your question. You are not required to register a cell phone when creating an account. Your spouse can register and use a valid email address for the second level of authentication. You and your spouse can both register using a common email address. There is no registration exclusion related to email addresses.

      For assistance with his account, he may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office.

  28. I am currently working and paying in more than I get. My name is Patricia Wilson and my Ss is *** – ** – ***. My DOB is 1/22/1952. Is there anyway I can get my benefits increased?

  29. Thank you for the notices. Please inform me
    since I live in Greece, when I will receive how
    much I received for the year 2018, so that I can
    prepare my income tax return.
    thank you and Happy New Year 2019
    My social security is *** – ** – ***

    • Hi Pagona. We send the 2018 SSA-1099’s (Social Security Benefit Statement) in January showing the amount of benefits received in the prior calendar year. A worksheet (IRS Notice 703) is included for determining whether any portion of the Social Security benefits received are subject to income tax.

      Beginning in February, if you need a replacement SSA-1099, contact the nearest Federal Benefit Unit or U.S. embassy in the area for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad.

  30. Well I truly believe that the system which my social security needs to be fixed where as the person as my self is having a very hard time once I enter my information within the system to look at my information ,but each time says it does not remember me so am diend to enter then three times am locked out ,that is not good at all .I have also changed my password plenty of times still unable to get in to the system. so social security needs to make this system much easyer to get in to.

  31. WHY AT 7 5 WORKED ALL MY LIFE UNDER SOCIAL SECURITY SINCE AGE 13 MY WHY PAST AWAY WHICH TOOK 30 PERCENT OF MY SOCIAL SECURITY PEOPLE WHO HAVE BARELY WORKED 5 YEARS GET A LEAST 400 T0 500

    MORE PER MONTH OR CLAIM TO BE MENTALLY
    SICK DRAW SO MUCH MORE THEY EVEN HAVE TO QUALIFY WITH QUARTERS TO DRAW I SERVED MY COUNTRY IN AIR FORCE DICHARDED HONERABLY. NOW I HAVE TO DEPEND ON KIDS TO SUPPORT

    ME PLS HELP MY S/S NUMBER IS MY NAME WILLIAM F PATRICK

    MY PHONE NUMBER IS 4104
    CAN PLS RUN MY NUMBERS AGAIN TO

    SE IF ANYTHING ELSE MAY HELP ME

    IM WAY LESS THAN A 1,000. A MONTH
    THANK YOU LISTENING

  32. I have not received my 2019 yearly notice of benefits. 8 moved to Seattle Washington, north 98133. My previous address was , Eugene, Oregon 97142. My benefits are direct deposit with Well Fargo

  33. In light of the government shutdown, will Social Security recipients receive their Social Security checks scheduled for January 2019?

    • Hi Beatrice, thank you for your question. After you sign in to your my Social Security account, you can update your email address. After inputting your username and password, you will be at the security code screen. If you receive your security code via email only, then indicate that you cannot access the options listed above and need to reset where you receive security codes. We will then send you a letter with a reset code and instructions.

  34. Social Security Benefits Increase in 2019
    I am having a problem understanding this headline.
    4 Years of University, and another 4 years of Law School. I don’t EVER RECALL an INCREASE
    IN MY SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS, however
    what IS important today is my payment went from
    approx. $950.00 a month to $578.00 THIS MONTH ?? Please Explain.

  35. I need help or direction for a problem that I am currently trying to straighten out. I applayed for early retirement at 62, and so far everything has been going well up until recently. When I had to choose my Medical Plans and one of the plans that I was approved for was called a QMB. So A couple ofweeks ago, I received an envelope where I was told that I was now going to lose the Qmb benefits and I was going to have to pay for part B benefits of which they will start to take $134.00 out because they had made a mistake when they processed the money that I earned last year and therefore my beneifs well be reduced. So essentially I have had approximately 200.00 dollars taken out of my monthly pay and can’t afford to lose that amount. I am currently living with my son and his family, but have an application being reviewed for Affordable Housing at the Brentwood Commons and will unlikely now no longer be able to afford to pay the monthly amount if . If anyone could either send me a response back or send me an email, I would be very Thankful. Sincerely

  36. My Social Security COLA of 2.80 decreased my payment by $7.00. Why was there a decrease? Also last year there was no change in my payment despite the CO A increase.

    Thank You .Frank Russo

    • Hi, Frank. Thanks for your question. For some beneficiaries, their Social Security increase may be partially or completely offset by increases in Medicare premiums. The Social Security Act contains a “hold harmless” provision that protects most beneficiaries. The amount of the benefit will stay the same even though the Medicare Part B premium increases. For information about Medicare premiums in 2019, you can visit Medicare‘s website. If you have specific questions about your situation, please work with your local office. Hope this helps!

    • Hi, Mae. We’re sorry that you had difficulty accessing your personal my Social Security account. If you are still having trouble accessing your my Social Security account, please call our dedicated my Social Security Hotline. To reach this hotline, call 1-800-772-1213, and select the prompt “helpdesk”. The help desk will be available to callers between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day. We hope this helps.

  37. I didn’t receive or lost my SSA letter showing my 2019 monthly benefits, Medicare Part B and D deductions. Could you send me another copy or tell me how I can obtain another copy?
    Thank you,

    • Hi, David. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. You can get a benefit verification letter online instantly by using your personal my Social Security account. To set up your personal account, visit the my Social Security web page and select, “Sign In or Create an Account.” You will need to provide some personal information to verify your identity, choose a username and password and follow the rest of the steps to finish creating your account. Once you create your account, scroll down to the Benefits and Payments section and choose “get benefit verification letter” where you can instantly view, print, or save your official letter. If you are unable to create an account or encounter a problem, you may call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk” or you can contact your local Social Security office. Thanks.

  38. Thank you,
    I tried to call you on my phone and was dis-connected, I’m calling & texting about my increase 2.8%
    My bank statement does not show an increase. My benefit letter states I would receive that increase amount on January 3, 2019 please let me know if my increase went through and will I receive it?
    Please call me or mail me
    210-386-3122
    Loretswiess@yahoo.com

    • Hi, Loretta. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask members in our Blog community to continue to work with their local office with specific questions about their case. You can also call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this is resolved soon.

  39. 1/8/19 Greetings from El Cajon, California,
    I am a citizen who visited the El Cajon Social Security Office to inquire about my COLA changes for 2019. While waiting in line for service, I noticed two ways the office could improve: 1) update the SSTV channel to include more accurate information. The screen flashes Now Serving numbers, but does a superficial job of publicizing weather, science and health news. 2) If the SSA values privacy, government employees should be trained not to call out client names, because this is a breach of confidentiality, especially in a healthcare setting. I had a ticket number upon entering, but the worker who first spoke to me took the ticket number and told me to wait about an hour for my name to be called again to address my COLA change request. If I were him, I would have immediately printed the information for the client, rather than waste an hour of time for a second worker to do the same thing. This was a very inefficient use of my time. I do understand that this visit was during the federal government shutdown, but the shortfalls in the Social Security budget may be due to mismanagement more than insufficient funds. Honestly, Daphne Galang

  40. my mom lives in a nursing home i received her social security benefits notice but lost it how can i get a replacement sent out me because i need it to send to the nursing home so they can adjust her bill

    • Hi Kathy. Because of privacy and security concerns, you will not be able to conduct Social Security business on behalf of your mother unless you are her representative payee. Having a power of attorney, being an authorized representative, or having a joint bank account with your mother does not authorize you to access information on her Social Security record. If your mother does not have a representative payee and she is not capable of managing and directing her Social Security benefits, someone should consider applying to be her payee. To learn more about becoming a representative payee, you can read our publication, “A Guide for Representative Payees” or visit our Representative Payee webpage. You can also call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to request an appointment.

      If your mother is capable of managing and directing her benefits and has a my Social Security account, she can obtain a copy of the COLA notice in the Message Center of her my Social Security account. If she doesn’t have an account or is unable to create one, she can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  41. What is the latest date in January 2019 can I sign up for part B Medicare? I already have part A and now I wish to get part B! I know the month,January, is the sign up date but when does the deadline end? Thank you

    • Hi, Denise. The General Enrollment Period (GEP) for Medicare Part B is January 1-March 31. Coverage would begin July 1. Most people who sign up for Part B during the GEP will have a 10 percent increase in monthly premiums for each 12-month period they did not enroll, but were eligible. However, if you are still working and covered under a group health plan based on that employment, you may not need to file for Medicare part B until you stop working or drop your health care coverage. For specific questions about your case, you can call 1-800-772-1213, Monday-Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and ask a representative to assist you, or you can contact your local office. Thanks!

  42. I only got $1.50 more deposited in my account for social security for 2019. I thought we were getting a 3% raise??? Please check my account.

    Thank you.

    Sherry Nations
    solivera.nations@gmail
    530-356-2810

    • Hi, Sharon. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask members in our Blog community to work with their local Social Security office with specific questions about their case. You can also call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

  43. I live in Puerto Rico and my age is 74 I have received the same amount of my Social Security Checks since the year 2007 . I yet to receive an increase in my amount why is this?

    • Hi, Irene. Thanks for your question. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask members of our Blog community to work with their local Social Security office for specific questions about their case. You can also call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. We hope this helps.

  44. When we retired at age 66, my spouse received 50 % of my benefit. Every year she receives a % increase like I receive, which has reduced her to less than 50 % of my benefit. Why does she not continue to receive 50 % of my C.O.L.A. adjusted benefit, rather than a % of the original 50 % benefit she received, which has reduced her benefit to below 50 % of my benefit. This does not sound correct when she was promised 50 % of my benefit.

  45. Actually changing the payment from the month before to the month after decreased the social security payments by one month. Applying the law retroactively to include people already on social security results in the ssa claiming an over payment and demanding the recipients pay back the money. You may think that you got a raise but infarct the recipients got an 8% decrease.

  46. Mother is Maria Santana, I am retired with the full age of jubilicion, I still find myself working and already turned 70 years, my employer makes the discounts for Medicare and SS, I wonder if my retirement will continue to increase each year to continue active working . (regardless of the cost of living increase)

    • Hi Barbara, thank you for using our blog to ask your question. Generally, if you continue to work while receiving retirement benefits, your monthly benefit amount may increase. As long as you continue to work and receive benefits, we will check your record every year to see whether the additional earnings will increase your monthly benefit. If there is an increase, we will send you a letter telling you of your new benefit amount. You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  47. I welcome the new data, but am deeply concerned about th continued sliding scale of “pay of benefts” date, that started to effect me personally when it became arrving past the “past due dates” of my Mortgage Lender as well as Health Care Out of Pocket expense that were due. Was meeting all my payment criteria up to this point?? Is there any way that my future benefit payments will ever arrive by the 15th of each month, otherwise I will have to call my lenders and adv ise them, that since establishing the “due dates” based on my SSBenefts, some 19 uyrs ago, I am now facing a crisis when I cannot sustain these due dates on the 16th of ea month?? Please advise what other retirees are doing, that were forced out of the job market at 59 1/2 wth limited income and having to purchase a residence, after losing all from the past, and not anticipating that this sspayment would move so drastically. What is the reason. A retired processor after 28+ yrs with Health Issues participating in Medicare payroll . A response w.be greatly appreciated. William Knapek – Houston,Tx Vet

  48. I put in for retirement on July 1, 2016I that 14 months held back because was working and making over the monthly limit. My monthly social security payment was set at $ 1631.00.I had $1631.00 times 14 months or $22834.00 held back. When I quit inOct. 2017 they sent me $8500.00.Than 5 months later they said they over paid me by $2700.00 and I am paying it backs.SO I got only $5800.00 of the $ 22834.00 heldback.Where is the $17034.00 recalibration. It says on the social security Website that if I have money withheld that they will automatically re-calibrate that when I turn 66. On July 8, 2018 I turn 66 and there was no recalibration of the money they withheld. What do I need to do to get this resolved thank you very much.

  49. my last check of SS benefits was deposited on January 03, 2019. I believe they stop sending it. Can you tel[ me How I do to restate it ? Thank you

    • Thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you.

      To inquire about your benefit payments, you will need to contact your local office or call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  50. Are spouses (age 67) still eligible for benefits on their husband’s record (age 72) if they have been married for 10 Years?
    Thank you!

  51. Why haven’t I gotten an increase in the amount I receive for the past 2 years.? Not 1 cent! Need w explanation. Last year when we got s raise my medicare payment went up and took the entire raise.

  52. Each year that an individual is a recipient of Social Security, they receive a cost-of-living adjustment that is known as COLA. Each year in January the Social Security administration sends out letters to the recipients to inform them that the amount of their monthly stipend will increase, and the letter will also inform the individual of the amount of the increase and finally the recipient will be informed of the adjusted monthly stipend amount. It is essential that the government recognizes the fact that each year the cost of living increases and the Social Security Administration recognizes this and tries to compensate the receivers of these all important benefits. In some instances, the receives of the assistance can barely pay their monthly bills so this increase seeks to ease some of these concerns for the elderly and disabled. There are national organizations to whom are dedicated to researching matters such as the cost of living and its correlations to the wages of working individuals versus individuals to whom solely receive government benefits. In 2019 more than 67 million recipients of Social Security benefits as well as the recipients of SSI, will enjoy an increase of approximately 2.8 percent. This law must remain up to date with the current costs incurred by the recipients as well as in response to costs on everyday items and household expenses. It is a good thing that this organization provides the users with several options to receive notifications such as paperless or in the mail statements. It is up to the Social Security benefits recipient the ways in which they are notified by the organization.

  53. Were there individuals who did not receive the 2.8% increase? If so, why did some not receive the full percentage increase?

    • Hi, Joanne. Thanks for your question. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  54. it says my benefits will increase 2.8% in 2019. however i receive the same amount for the last 2 or 3 years.

  55. I applied for my retirements on 02/10/2019, my DOB is 09/05/1956. I am relying on this income to pay for foods an
    monies to pay my electricity & gas bills. When I filed I was told I would receive my 1st deposit the 2nd week of March but no deposit was made!? Can anyone help me so I can eat?

    • Hi Benjamin. If you’re asking about Social Security retirement benefits, you may start receiving benefits as early as age 62 (September 2019 for you) or as late as age 70. Monthly benefits are reduced if you start them any time before your “full retirement age”. Your full retirement age depends on your date of birth. It may be between age 66 and 67. This could affect the amount of your benefits and when you want the benefits to start.

      The Benefits Planner: Retirement provides detailed information about Social Security retirement benefits.

  56. Yes I’ve applied for SSI over 170 some days and supposed to be waiting on a determination about my medical. Twice I’ve taken my medical to SS office and Dr. Saying these injuries are real and he needs the assistance from my government which also provides food assistance first time in my life.. why is this taking so long when I’ve done all the hunting and pretty much gathered all information needed? My injuries have worsened I’m in need of medical assistance.. I’ve done so much for America with my Roofing ability and making Americans feel comfortable in there homes with my repairs for them.. I need help please my foot has swollen daily lower back and kneck trauma along with torn tenden torn in my shoulder.. even before this wall started going up they have achieved more on a wall then what’s been done on me nothing I must say!! Im a American definitely not a military brat so they call it.. but my Father a retired Cheif and done more for America imagined as I never saw him because he did more time to achieve his rank. I’m disappointed in America and this wait on a determination my injuries thst are worse since Feb 18 2018 . Unacceptable I had to threaten Human Resources with taking to court cause they said was waiting on SS office.I’d be dead by now from starvation.. when America send more food across oceans faster!

  57. My social security benefits have decreased by $135 this year-2019. I would like to know why. I have read that they should be increased.

    • Hi, Patricia. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. We hope this helps.

  58. I receive Social Security Retirement Benefits. I did not get a letter stating my benefits for 2019. How can I get a copy of my 2019 benefits notice. 2018 notice was sent on form SSA-4926-SM (1-2018).

    • Hi, Alice. Good news! If you need a benefit verification letter, you can view, print, and save your benefit verification letter using your personal my Social Security account. For questions regarding your benefit verification letter, we ask that members in our Blog community contact our offices. You can call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day. We hope this helps.

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