Social Security Benefits Increase in 2020

When we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), there’s usually an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).

The CPI-W rises when inflation increases, it makes your cost of living go up. This change means prices for goods and services, on average, are a little more expensive, so the COLA helps to offset these costs.

As a result, nearly 69 million Americans will see a 1.6 percent increase in their Social Security and SSI benefits in 2020.

January 2020 marks other changes that will happen based on the increase in the national average wage index. For example, the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security payroll tax. The retirement earnings test exempt amount, will also change in 2020.

Want to know your new benefit amount as soon as possible? In December 2019, we will post Social Security COLA notices online for retirement, survivors, and disability beneficiaries who have a my Social Security account. You will be able to view and save these COLA notices securely via the Message Center inside my Social Security.  You can also opt out of receiving notices by mail that are available online.

Be the first to know! Sign up for or log in to your personal my Social Security account today. Choose email or text under “Message Center Preferences” to receive courtesy notifications. This way you won’t miss your online COLA notice!

You can find more information about the 2020 COLA here.

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268 thoughts on “Social Security Benefits Increase in 2020

      • yes they are go o any bank and ask how many of their customers have no SS# and receive the Benies. I worked at a bank for four years and there were many folk with no numbers just the (999-99-9999) numbers.

          • Yes, it is true the hispanic population has been buying SS #’s for years at the FLEA MARKETS!!! WAKE UP YOU NAIVE AMERICANS!!!! I WORKED THE CENSUS AND SAW ALL THE FREEBIES OBAMA GAVE TO THE BLACKS, TOO (FREE CELL PHONES)………IF YOU WANT SOCIALISM YOU WILL GET $000000 SS BENEFITS SO QUIT COMPLAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  1. I forgot my password and tried to create a new one but I keep getting the message that there is already an account in my user name(email address). Of course there is. It’s me. I went round and round on this last year.

    • Me too! for the same reason after trying 3 times they shut me out and informed me to call the customer service I waited over 45 min before i got an AI voice telling me that my Q 3 was 116 and my call woulod be answered in the order of call my wait time approximately 1 hr 23 min I just hung up and went to my local office. All I wanted to do was change my address.

    • On the log in page, below user name and password fields are forgot links. Use these to retrieve your ID and reset your password. I just did this for my brother. You will be asked your security questions and a code will be sent via the means by which you asked to be contacted, i.e. text or e-Mail.

      • My email has changed since account setup so I cannot receive an email to reset the account.

        Why doesn’t social security have a system to help us? Even the banks can do this

        Thanks!

  2. “… nearly 69 million Americans will see a 1.6 percent increase in their Social Security and SSI benefits in 2020.” So so news… the great news would be that 535 members of Congress are capped at the same COLA.

    • Congress already rec. $174,000.00 a yr. the Seniors receive nothing even close to that, so why are they getting a raise ? We would have gotten more, had they not let all the Aliens in and giving them SS checks, I’m sorry I do not believe that is fair….we worked most all our lives and what have they done in this Country, they paid no taxes, why are they entitled to SS, Medicare and all the other freebies you hear they are getting…..God help Trump finish that wall and give him 4 more yrs. and this might help some…..but they still keep coming…..if it wasn’t for Trump there wouldn’t even be any jobs….I say give them the jobs and give us the extra money you are giving them in our paychecks…let them work and pay into it like we do before they start getting it….let them work over 40 yrs. and pay into it like all the seniors did…

      • I agree with you 100% the illegals are getting are money that we paid in,the Mexicans and other illegal immigrants didn’t pay there dues so they don’t deserve nothing!! Our government is selling us out,we can’t trust the government anymore,we are losing our great America 🇺🇸to Mex’s and who knows where,Somalians and muslims,we will have to take what we need to live in our own country.WAKEUP AMERICA !!!

        God Bless America

  3. Thanks hopefully Medicare will not increase again. Usually Medicare takes all the earnings so no raise. Thankful for the system,

  4. Well it’s that time of the year SS is announcing the increase and prices all around the US is increasing at the same time. Just noticed one item I buy went from 53 cents to 56. Another went from $8.29 to $9.09 now you tell me that these vendors/markets don watch these increases and jump on the price increases after the announcements. It’s bad because after Medicare gets theirs the increase is ZERO or just a little but the price increases make us spend more so the increase each year cost us more and more so the increase is a lot of BULL and in doing so income tax will also hurt more.

    • I hope you aren’t serious, or is this the first time for you?
      Read most of the comments here. the one common thread is there is “NO” increase because your tax and Medicare will go up at the same level leaving you with no/ZERO increase! we need an increase of more than 6% in order to get a few dollars more.

  5. You need to make this easier to get to my social security account I need a real option to register and or be able to sign in to check my own account out for myself

  6. I am really disappointed in hearing this. My supplemental ins. went up, my drug plan went up and I don’t know yet what Medicare is doing. So far I’m losing money!

  7. i get so far to create an account on the site and it says please try in 24 hours i like to know what i am doing wrong

  8. The work force got a good raise this year and we hardly get any kind of raise 1.6% wow, won’t spend all at once don’t want to break the bank. TELL congress quit spending our money which we have already paid into.

  9. 1.6% will not cover the increases all Americans are watching go up. If as is claimed the economy is ‘doing great’ with hundreds of millions in Tax cuts for Corporations, most of which are Foreign or International, is not reflected with lower cost for essentials. The fact is that those who need SNAP assistance as well as the SS they earned and paid into for many decades, has been reduced, to benefit the ones who took the largest Tax break in history. Corporate Farms have been given over $12 Billion in Corporate “welfare” , in just one year,due to the loss of soybean and corn markets in China.from the Taxpayers, by way of Trump’s Tariffs. Raise the limit of Deductions to anyone making over $150,000.00 a year here in America, the United States to reflect the “great economy”.

  10. After reaching the age of 67 I’ve come to realize there are MANY jobs given to people who are paid with (OUR) taxes and congress is included, yet they only answer to themselves therefore the flaw is very plain to see that the taxpayers have no control over who becomes millionaires in congress with the salaries they are paid by US. All my life has been spent working and raising a family and it is a hard pill to swallow when you see the GREED.

  11. It is wonderful to see another increase in our SSDI. The only issue I would like to let you know about is when we receive an increase for Cola is that Medicare then raises the amount we pay for our Insurance. When we got the increase the last couple of years my total increase for Cola was $1.00. That helps in no way when you are on SSDI and can’t work and I am 58 and have really really bad health. I know nothing will happen to help us but I wanted someone to know.

  12. When I was a teenager and first applied for my SSN I used a nickname instead of my given birth name. Now, at
    79 years of age, I find that my nickname is an impediment to my getting a new federally required photo ID which is going to be required to enter federal buildings and get on airplanes. My question is, How do I get my name changed by Social Security to my legal name?
    Thank you.

    • Hi, Michael. In order to change your name on your Social Security card, you must show us a document that proves your legal name change. If the document you provide as evidence of a legal name change does not give us enough information to identify you in our records, you must show us an identity document in your “old” name (as shown in our records) and another document showing your “new” name. To learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a corrected card, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. We hope this helps!

  13. CPI-W is a crock. Inflation rates on Food, Rx, Utilitiess, & Gas were far higher than 1.6%. No one buys & sells houses annually & My rental payment also increased more than 1.6%

    Then consider that no matter how much the SS increases, it is alll taken back with the increase iin Medicare premium. Effectively, have not had an increase in SS for a decade!

  14. Thank you for the update. As I reached full retirement age (66) in April 2019, I am anticipating my monthly benefit to increase in January. Is that accurate as I have not retired and have worked continuously since 1970.

    Thank you!

    • You should get a notice soon with your 1.6% increase included. Have you applied to get Medicaid to pay your part ‘B’ Medicare costs? Look into it. You may get all or part of the (I think it’s going up to $168.00 in 2020.I could be wrong more or less) paid by Medicaid.

      • Why would anyone assume Herb might be eligible for Medicaid, if he has worked since 1970 and has not yet stopped working? The reply does not match the question.

  15. I appreciate the information on Social Security and will keep it in Favorite Places to refer to and will pass it along to my senior friends ( i will be 78yo in Nov ).

  16. There is a typo in your Fact Sheet, shouldn’t it be
    “Tax Exempt Amounts” instead of “Test”?

    Retirement Earnings Test Exempt Amounts

  17. how do you suppose people like me to live on 1.6% raised? The money I received per month is not even enouf for me to pay my mortgage and to pay copay on 12 medications.

  18. Please do send me future notices regarding the Social Security increase effective January 2020 as well as any other notices about retirement, etc. As an American citizen living in the United Kingdom, I rely on this direct communication with the Social Security Administration.

    Thank you,
    Brenda L. Fasnacht

      • The UK is not one of them, but many SocSec recipients live in other countries where the cost of living is lower. There are American retirement communities in Mexico and Costa Rico, also Portugal, as well as other countries.

  19. OMG 1.6% is barely worth mentioning. And since the Medicare Part B cost has gone from $135.50/mo to $144.30/mo (an $8.80 increase) the SSA increase is so small that with the cost of inflation, etc. that tiny bit hardly makes a difference when you go to the store! But I guess half a loaf of bread is better than none – I’ll take it. But it’s sad how the people who have worked all their lives and contributed to this are really not getting the full benefit they should be. Sad, sad, sad!

  20. How do I apply for SSDI cause I have enough work credits in but I was giving SSI cause my TV Lawyer told me to only go back to age 50 so at 1st I got 524$ a month now I get 802.25$ a month thank good for rapid response or I would be living in the woods I took care of my Father for 5 years never got a penny from the VA he was a WWII war Vet than I took care of my brother in-law for 3 or 4 yrs that’s when I read the book n I was supposed to be paid for taking care of them

  21. would you please explain how this percentage of 1.8% increase in seniors SS checks for 2020 was determined????!!!
    1.8% seems to me very tiny increase in this US Economy NOW!!! that is out of control!!! .How do i figure out how much of an increase this will be for my SScheck????
    Thank you for your help!

  22. Well, I guess we are blessed just to be able to get SS. However, if I can I would like to say how the new tax laws are diminishing our return. With the elimination or cutting back of deductions especially the health deduction, we are now paying dollars to the IRS that we never paid before. I will be 83 in December and my wife just turned 81 with beginning early-on dementia. So there is a possibility of even more medical costs. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share this with you.

    • Hi, Elizabeth. The Ticket to Work is a voluntary program from Social Security that provides most people receiving Social Security benefits more choices for receiving employment services. For more details about the ticket to work program visit here. You can also contact the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842, Monday through Friday from 8:00AM – 8:00PM EST to discuss your options. We hope this helps.

  23. Always thankful for the COLA increases…too bad when you notify folks that they will be getting an increase in SS …. you backdoor them with an increase in Medicare premiums and deductibles. It appears my SS check for 2020 will be LESS than it was in 2019. Great Job Guys. Keep up the good work..

    • No, your benefits will not go down. You will pay less than the full amount of the Medicare premium if paying the new amount would reduce your net benefit amount.

  24. What another $ 3.00 increase and you take back $ 2.00 they have raised my ins.for my truck up $ 10.00 and my rent went up 50 dollars, are you going to give us more money to catch up with all the increases?

  25. Whenever recipients receive a cost of living increase the amount of the cost of Medicare also goes up so why bother to give a cost of living increase. If he government is giving a cost of living raise recipients should not have to pay it out for the cost of Medicare.

  26. 1.06% is an insult to millions of tax payers ,and yet Obama and democrates stole our money yes ours and those billions must be paid back in full and seniors must demand they do , just like you borrow from a bank you have to pay back

    • Sandra Warner: It is spelled democrat and republicans have borrowed just as much from social security as democrats. It is always a bipartisan congress. Which political party started taxing Social Security annuities?
      The taxation of Social Security began in 1984 following passage of a set of Amendments in 1983, which were signed into law by President Reagan in April 1983. These amendments passed the Congress in 1983 on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote.

  27. Well let me “Calculate”,
    !. The Corp.s received Cuts in Their Taxes by 15 to 20 % to “Keep them in America ! And the Middle Class Workers Get, less than 40 hr. work week, with Little or No Benefits ! that really Helps !
    2. Mom and Dad are finally Retired ! And now We can pay for Our Sons & Daughters to Live with Us. Due to Their Unlivable Wages ?
    3. Now We will receive 1.8% COLA ! Lets MAGA !

  28. 1.6%! That’s an insult. The COLA has lagged behind the inflation rate all along and that’s just the Gov’t published rate. The true inflation rate is considerably more. Have you personally purchased groceries? I think these numbers are generated by people who work numbers behind a desk, who have someone else do their shopping and fixing of meals – and other consumer goods. Our Medicare costs have always exceeded the COLA so the net result is a loss of benefit each year while the cost of living goes up.

  29. Please let me know what I can do to upgrade my Social Security and that of my husband (Wayne L. Davis). I am “almost” 85 yrs. (as of Dec.2nd) and my husband is 88. Needless to say we have been on Social Security’s list for several years now. My email is shown below. Thank you. Ann V. Davis

    • Hi, Donna. There will be a 1.6% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2020 for all beneficiaries. This new increase will take effect for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments on December 31, 2019, and for Social Security payments paid out in January 2020. You can find out more information on the new COLA by visiting here. We hope this helps.

  30. Increases in Medicare premiums are either equal to or more than any Social Security cost of living increase. So nothing gained for Social Security precipitants.

  31. It’s a stupid joke!! How about giving us seniors a 6 % raise and Congress nothing since they are not doing their jobs!!!!
    You sorry rich bastards!

  32. I’m not satisfied of my increase 1.6 percent.Why? Because Cola increase and the Medicare will increase ,so nothing left .Right?it doesn’t make sense.Congress
    Should do something to give more cola increase.Ok.

  33. Hi Folks
    I have been trying to register for a ‘My Social Security’ Account for 3 years.
    • I never had a credit history in the USA, because I always paid cash for what I needed, or I didn’t buy it.
    • I have (on my own – and very simply), registered for (and) currently receive SSA benefits.
    • I would like to see what you guys have to offer, will you allow me to establish an account ..?
    Regards,
    Robert Armington (Ret)
    Thailand

  34. Every time I get a coli increase, my rent goes up and food stamps go down, so more money comes out of pocket to buy what else I need to last the month. I will be 66 in feb. 2020. I dont drink or use drugs, just trying to stay afloat, with any monies I have left I buy fabric to sew as this is my hobby, and that is getting expensive so i can only buy part of what i need for a project and maybe more next month. Can’t get my grandkids CHRISTMAS gifts. It’s just like I’m a nobody at the bottom of the totem pole. It’s like the government is throwing a buck or 2 at our feet as they wiz by in their limos. Trying my best to save up for a car but I will be dead before I ever touch the amount to buy one. God help us. Please Mr. President Trump, can you help us downtrodden folks whose only wish is to live comfortably without worry and no car to get us there?

  35. I realize that the current criminal masquerading as the President of the USA, will do all he can to eradicate SS but we will be rid of him soon to end the global embarrasment he is. SS is a wonderful plus for the elderly and it is administered superbly without a doubt..

  36. federal benefit center at us embassy in Philippine not yet pay my benefits of retirement plan.gov on 2019 and my asked and asking again many time to them but them do not yet pay for me by my claim at federal benefit center in Philippine? Why ?my claim of form bangkok bank in Thailand!

  37. It’s nice but it does not keep up with the cost of living and don’t forget Medicare takes an increase too and also the worry of ss cutting back on the near future it’s not fair I pd into the system I can’t afford a 20 percent cut or any amount it’s not my fault and then you have the people who have stolen money from the system who should never have collected or lied that the person died and took on their identity who pays that back so why should honest people get punished I say tax the rich more they can afford to pay more to the system but to punish you average payee is not right

  38. Thank u God.I’m paralyzed and I only receive 850.00 a month and it hurts me alot cuz I have to pay rent electric phone etc.my personalnecessities

  39. Any COLA less than 2.0 percent is inadequate for me and probably at least a simple majority of Soc.Sec. recipients. It would be nice if Congress would pass the Social Security 2100 Act (H.R. 860) to help current and future retirees. I would be in favor of a guaranteed 2.0 percent COLA every year with a cap at 3.5 percent.

  40. I don’t know who these people are in the “Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).” But I am sure they are not looking at how the cost of living has truly increased, not just for retirees but for everyone in this nation. As an example my rent increased twice this past year for a total of 4.65% and the year isn’t even over. Gas, Groceries,Utilities have increased at an alarming rate here in BG Oh, and we are a low cost of living area for the nation. just imagine how much it is in the higher cost areas.
    I think these Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).people should get their collective heads out of the sand and really figure it out. But then they are Gov employees who have better benefits than us. IDIOTS the lot of them!

  41. Oh Yeah! here’s another thought I bet
    Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner.

    won’t even take time to read one of these responses!

  42. Another looking good on paper for the 33% increase for the cooked political machine and a crumb for the voter who keep voting for the same crooks .
    When will the majority (the people) wake the hell up.
    That is why the political machine hates Trump. He will get them all.
    These cost of living bullshits for the people are only passifiers to make most people content and keep quiet.
    We need to protest and get the norm of increase to meet today’s cost of living.
    In the following year (2 months) our Medicare goes up to $144.50. my med program has gone up to $70.00 from $37.00 next year also.
    So how does the cost of living meet the standards of our coverages.
    One big scam from our lovely political machine the SWaMP.
    Your postage went up 55 cents ,plus the other postage. And our food quantity went down on the packaging with the raise in price.
    Where is the political machine doing about that.
    I guess while they eat, drink and get richer, the 1.6% is enough for there voters.
    SCAMMERS!!!!

  43. …And they give we Seniors this amount with a Straight Face!!…and it’s not enough to even fill my Gas Tank!…2 years ago, they gave me a $27 per Month increase, then turned right around and applied that very same amount to my Part B!!…I was so furious, I immediately went to my local SS Office and dropped my Part B coverage, choosing to take my chances with my medical care with the VA Hospital, and pocket the $135.50!!…No Regrets!

  44. When my husband died my income dropped $1500 a month. What happened to the money I contributed to social security for 60 years?
    Barbara Hetson

    • You should be receiving whichever benefit is higher, your own work record or your husband’s. In most cases, since women have interrupted careers and lower pay overall, spouse benefits are higher.

    • Hi, Barbara. We are sorry to hear about your loss and your situation. 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.

  45. Thank you! Yes, I realize many feel it isn’t worth it, but it is still more money in our pockets. The cost of things will still go up, regardless if you got an increase.

    • The Do Over means (I believe) that during the first year of receiving Social Security you can tell SS that you want to “back” out of SS,,, but you have to pay all the money you received from SS back.

      There is also a “semi do over” you can do if you are beyond that 1 year point. You can tell SS that you want your SS payments stopped between the ages of 66 and 70. You will supposedly get 8% more for each year you stop payments.

  46. In past I have attempted signing up with “my social security” program with problems. No computer at home so it is necessary to use library or e-cafe as sources. I was informed that a new PIN number was best to be use so one is to be applied for each time I wish to investigate information or investigate and print information, no? I am still in your system. I will again attempt to enter your electric account system and attempt applying and retrieving each new PIN access
    number. If this does not bare fruit-should I attempt paper? I am not fond of the idea for two reasons 1.I live abroad and the mail service is unpredictable and slow 2. I attempt to be conscious of the strain I will place on our planet.
    Who do I contact if there continues to be challenges?

  47. Your sister government agency raises the premiums on Medicare the moment you raise the SS payment – and this year is no exception. It doesn’t take a degree in finance to understand the tiny COLA’s do NOT help with everyday expenses like “goods and services,” because the 1.6% raise will go to nothing more than increased Medicare expenses.

  48. Will a 1.6% increase cover the $14.00 increase in my cost of Medical Insurance. $281.00 TO $295.00 AARP supplemental policy ‘F’. A mere drop in the bucket compared to other supplemental policy ‘F’ that increase by the hundreds of dollars per month. Medicare policy ‘F’ is the gold standard for health policies which is why they (Medicare) want to get rid of them. Although my Medicare prescription plan is a marvelous wonder, It still adds $12.00 per month in co-pays to my overall expenses. What about the customary additional 10% increase in rent–$60.00. We are up to $86.00 a month increase in living expenses and we haven’t even gotten around to the other rising cost of living expenses. This leaves me to wonder where do you people get your information. Not from any retired persons on your meager dole out program for sure. Take the Obama administration for instance. Obamas’ first act in office was to give the bankers a trillion dollars to update their mansions and replace their yachts. Three times he denied the fact that seniors were having their usual yearly exponential raises in living expenses by failing to match one single dime to these rising costs that we were getting slammed with. It has always amazed me that there is so much unawareness in the differences in the rising cost of living between the average worker and the average retired worker living off of Social Security checks. The average yearly family income in Howard County, Maryland is well over $100,000.00 and rising a whole lot faster than the 1.6 increase for the year 2020 that Social Security recipients can sadly look forward to. Another oddity, the limitations rise a whole lot faster than the benefits. That seems about right though when you consider how corrupt our government is. My monthly income for 2019 is $1293.00. My nephew who is 5 years younger than me. He is 79yo I am 84yo He receives $1100.00 monthly. He lives in a trailer home in Florida. I have been looking for low-income housing in Maryland because of the poor conditions mental and physical in my present situation. Low-cost one-bedroom senior apartments would cost me well over half of my income. I am eligible for extremely low subsidized housing. My search so far for apartments in that price range has been eyeopening for sure. The first inquiry at a nice one-bedroom apartment building told me that they would send me an application but that they had a three-year waiting list. All of my other inquiries were met with, “No our waiting list has been closed and will be closed indefinitely”! It is also difficult to communicate with an on again off again cell phone. Prospects look better in other more rural counties but my lack of a car to look at apartments that may be available is another problem. Believe it or not, there are low-income housing available, a few, in Baltimore. I also notice that when you see pictures of social workers, they are always smiling but when you are trying to apply for benefits over the internet, they have a very threatening tone about them. Pinch a dime here pinch a dime there and you are going to jail. On top of that when you are almost finished with the two-hour application, they give you a popup message that says you have taken too long, you will have to start over. No way that I could be making this up. I am so naive that three more times, I nearly finished the application and three more times, I met the same fate. And then the icy-cold message that I would get, denying my claim. Wait, Medicare part B charge per month is going up from $134.00 per month to $168.00 per month. Did I get that right? COLA is taking another big chunk out of my chump change. Don’t worry, I am not ungrateful. It is the only chump change that I have. Last year when I lived with my nephew for a year. It was ten months before Humana started paying my Medicare part ‘B’ Ten months before Social Security stopped taking $134.00 out of my Social Security check. I went through all the requirements (the two hours over the phone application) no reason why I shouldn’t be getting it. After ten months Randy my agent left Humana and another agent came to the trailer and gave me the same two hours test over the phone two months later I got my first full S.S. check–no $134.00 deduction for the Medicare part ‘B’. I then moved back to Maryland and immediately started receiving the $134.00. I have often wondered who was getting my deduction. Humana? I hope I have made the correct moves to assure that I continue to receive my Medicaid payment to Medicare part ‘B’. Get this, When I was back in Maryland for a few months, I got a letter from Howard County Social Services accusing me of getting Medicare part “B” deduction payment from both Florida and Maryland. Wait a minute, how can that be? My Social Security check only has room for one deduction a month. In a return letter to the lady at Howard County Social Services, I didn’t like my tone so it never got mailed. I reassured her of my impeccable honesty which I had proven once before when unemployed and my wife and I were raising six kids. I went over to the food stamp office and received a little over $700 worth of food stamps. When I got home there was an envelope from the food stamp office with a little over $700 worth of food stamps. I went immediately back to the food stamp office and the manager was there and she told me, “Mr. Jenks, I want to thank you for your honesty. There is no way that we could have traced these back to you”. She later wrote me a nice note commending me for my honesty. It couldn’t have happened in the present day and age of computers and credit cards. Oh no! I’ve written another book.

  49. I am not getting any help on a step child benefit I appled for months ago. The US Embassy staff here are not too knowledgeable of how the SS Disability policies & am not satisfied w/ the service & info I’m getting. I tried to contact a Congressman in Texas where I used to live & have gotten any response to 3 of my messages. Just because I’m out of the mainland, Im forgotten by my Government. Is that a fair to us Disabled Seniors & Vietnam Vets?…just ignore our cry for help hoping we’ll die SOON!!! We are still US citizens & I hope still matter!! Can someone at least hear & acknowledge that we matter! Thanks.

  50. I was interested to read about age discrimination when trying to get a job. I just moved to VA and I have been searching, sending, etc. for 4-5 months. Even places like Chick-fil-a don’t want me. I’m 74 and in excellent health. One of the jobs was exactly the same thing I did when I lived in MD, working for a dentist. I live on my Social Security, in low-income housing, and if it wouldn’t
    be for my sun helping me financially, I wouldn’t make it.

  51. I think it is SICK to use COLA for increase in Social Security!! I hardly doubt if anybody seriously thinks it is ok to work your whole life and get the equivelant to a loaf of bread and gallon of milk twice a month, that is exactly what the raise amounts to!!!! Are all the people that work there and in charge of that little $12.00 a month raise really ok with that? During the Reagan days it was 12%, 10% at least we could buy some veggies and not have to eat dog food!!! I would be so ashamed to treat the elderly whom have worked so hard before you to make a way and path for you and then turn your back on them, shame on all of you!!!!

  52. It is time to review the formula to calculate the COLA and include the proposed raise in Medicare in it. It is time to use more realistic figures because whatever they are using is clearly out of date and not working. Whoever is watching the price of food alone has no idea of the true price of groceries in addition to the other things that have to be considered. 1.6 percent is clearly unrealistic and makes no difference in anyone’s wallet. The cost of Medicare went up approximately 6% this year and we got a pitiful increase of 1.6 %. This is unfair and it appears no one with authority speaks up for us. It’s time for the Social Security Administration to catch up with the reality of how all expenses have REALLY increased and be truthful about it. There is more to living expenses than considering how much a loaf of bread or a quart of milk costs.

  53. Trump promised he would not take anything away from the disabled. Next thing after he is elected I have $137.50 taken out of my check for insurance. He has hurt us deeply. For a lot of us that was our grocery and medicine money.
    The whole system has failed us. Those old senators need to be fired and benefits stopped. President impeached and our criminal system revamped.

  54. Medicare B premiums are rising by a higher percentage than Social Security payments, so the actual increase in our payments will not be 1.6%

  55. They need to face that the formula for the increase does not work and it is unfair. There is more to figuring the raise by the price of a quart of milk and a loaf of bread.. There are so many items that we use and need in order to live a decent life that should be considered. Medicare went up about 8% for next year. There should be an advisory board appointed to look into and correct this old-fashioned method. The Medicare should be figured into the formula because this is a necessity. Where do they get the figures they use, certainly not in a city where the cost of living really has exploded.

  56. An increase is always welcomed. Every little bit helps , it just doesn’t seem to keep up with
    the increased in cost to make a noticeable difference. But thanks .

  57. The formula and calculations for annual COLA is a joke !
    The critical needs for those collecting S/S (their own $$$$$) is sorely underestimated ! Food, medical, assistance (if needed) and those things NOT adequately covered by any type of insurance need to be prioritized.

    Seniors do NOT purchase cars, homes, luxuries of any type. Is it any wonder that the political bent is to move closer to socialism X 2 !

  58. thank you so much for my col increase. but i would like to add that 50% of that will be lost py a rip off business by the bank you recommended to me to open an account with for direct deposit and for bank services i dont get.

  59. Will we get a raise on our side but the medicare will rise to so they get our raise and that’s just not right at all.so someone needed to.put a stop to.medicare raiseing their cost to us .

  60. And as soon as the COLA is in place, Medicare costs increases to at least the same amount as the COLA increase. Net gain for the SS recipient = $0.00

  61. Be thankful you are getting an increase. My wife is on SS disability and we are grateful to get every penny. Even though I have a decent paying job, every little bit helps. Especially with 2 teenage boys.

  62. Tell the people how the government always screws use with these petty increases. The government never mentions in the same news release how Medicare Part B is going to increase. Which means the COLA is for the increase of health insurance, not to put buying power in our pockets.

  63. I am seeing posts on Facebook that seniors can qualify for a huge amount of life insurance for only $18/mo. How true is this?

  64. Smh, the $32 increase I got for 2018 has my medical & dental share of cost at $880. I have to PAY $880 of what isn’t covered by Medicare before my dual coverage kicks in. I have to pay $880 towards dental coverage before my dual coverage kicks in. This is every month because the powers that be have determined that after I pay my $135 Medicare monthly premium I only need $600 a month to live on so the rest of my money is my monthly medical share of cost.

  65. The middle class is enjoying a booming economy and higher wages, while Social Security beneficiaries are left behind to tighten their belts more each year, as the cost of rent and groceries continues to climb. Around the country, food donations are way down, as more seniors and disabled stand in line, to receive mostly bread items and yogurt from food pantries. Because many Americans are doing well, they should still remember those who live on limited resources, and donate quality food items to nearby food pantries.

  66. Being new to SS and Medicare I have a few questions you good folks might help with. After reading past posts here, why would people pay $275-$300 a mo. additional with a health insurer for Plan F coverage, when “advantage plans” can be had for no additional cost other than what Medicare deducts normally?
    Lastly, does anyone know of a way to find out how much the gov’t pays those insurers in addition to the monthly costs deducted for Medicare from our checks?

    • Hi, Michael. We are sorry to hear about your loss. Typically, the funeral director notifies us of an individual’s passing by contacting the local Social Security office. To verify this information was reported, and to see if you are eligible for survivor’s benefits, call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. You can also contact your local Social Security office directly. Thanks.

  67. Anthony J. Sanders for Public Trustee http://www.title24uscode.org/2020message.pdf

    I regret to inform the Commissioner that a 1.6% COLA is insufficient and this jeopardizes his 6 year term.

    I had a dream last night that I dined with the Actuary, http://www.title24uscode.org/usdabudget2020.pdf , but it was not I having difficulty speaking, not to incriminate my loved ones, Pope Francis suggests that many people behave as though they are deaf (sordo). It was that the Actuary was attempting to evade and/or defeat, the repeal of the maximum taxable limit under Sec. 230 of the Social Security Act under 42USC430, to create in the Treasury a Supplemental Security Income Trust Fund. The Actuary furthermore, has a history of bear attacking as email retaliation, that has been proven in court to have been the result of a massive subsidy for unlawful habitat destroying slash piles, the next day. After I chucked a square mile of these piles, at the request of papa bear, that sprang up overnight near my camp within a few months of the Actuary’s response to my email, mama bear and cub moved in. The State Supreme Court has written to apologize for not having an indigent defender program to protect public land for camping, except where National Scenic Rivers needs to be amended to prevent access to ‘urban drinking watersheds’ under 36CFR261.58(e, z).

    In sooth, this is why we have to suffer a miserable 1.6% COLA to compete with 2.7% annual inflation. To rightly interpret under Sec. 215(i) of the Social Security Act under 42USC415(i) it is necessary to provide low income beneficiaries with a 3% COLA so that they will theoretically at some time in the future not be poor. Otherwise, the program will technically fail its raison d’etre, to raise people out of poverty, on the shoestring budget we operate on a federal/ macroeconomic level. While the term low income might at some time be open to the poverty line, for now it includes all social security beneficiaries. OASDI payroll revenues are growing normally whereas social security is the gold standard of work visas. OASDI is growing much faster than individual income tax revenues that have been crimped by both 2% TCJA cut and >3% loss of migrant workers. The theory is that OASI beneficiaries grow 2.4% annually + 1.6% COLA (2020) + hypothetical 0.6% maximum benefit cost = 4.6% OASI spending growth for verification against 2019 Annual Report resolution of OASI overestimate dispute. Just like the attached USDA Budget Office deal, the ultimatum is that the burden of proof immediately lies upon you to respond to my solicitation to serve as Public Trustee for a raise form $711 to $2,000 a month, and then I will in a short amount of time, meticulous cross-examine, the 2020 message above with the 2019 Annual Report.

    The other propaganda beneficiaries are in conflict with is a renewed spate of “Medicare for All’. Medicare’s ‘you may be b(k)illed’ letters are the whole reason for overestimated, but quite bankrupting, medical hyperinflation, since the 1970s. The proper slogan for federal health insurance sale is “Medicaid Prices for All”.

    SSA needs to respond to my application for one of two vacant Public Trustee positions in the Annual Report to stay at the High Court. Your non-response is forcing the public land to turn me into some sort of homeless journeyman who must walk across the country, visiting all the local SSA offices, and Hospitals & Asylums (HA) properties on the way to Washington DC, before even finishing the West Coast, But so far I have not gone to any of those one hit wonder, local offices, who refuse to admit my email and website address and instead want to invade my home in contravention to Art. 28 of the 4th Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilians in Times of War (1949).

  68. This raise is so sorry they will raise medicare and take it again. Congress ought to be kicked to the curb dont work and get raise. Shame on them we get a puny 1.6 . So sick giving money to people that dont deserve it like illegals. Let Congress live on it like we have too. 1.6 is bunch of bull

  69. U got 2B kidding – 1.6? Ha-Ha -U spend 2million dollars everytime Trump flies down to his golf course in Florida – Hopefully only another year of his ripping the public…

  70. When I first filed to received SS benefits (Widow’s Pension) I was told my the rep that if I waited until the age of 66, I would be able to apply for my ex-husband’s benefits. We were divorced at the time of his death, but were married (while he served in the Coast Guard) for more than 24 years. Recently in the month of September, I returned to the SS location in Houston and was told that I was already receiving those benefits and the only other option was to draw my own SS benefits. In other words the initial information given to me was incorrect. I never officially retired and was expecting to file and receive an increase in benefits. It is very perplexing to find out that I have to continue living and struggling to afford a place to live in light of the ever-increasing cost of living. Is it possible to have my concerns re-addressed for accuracy? I will turn 66 on January 7, 2020. Thanks in advance for your attention to this matter. Sincerely, Ida Goffney

  71. Cost of Living here in Western MO is Sky-Rocketing WAY more than any dang 1.6% ! ! ! ! ! ! Poor People ( like Us ) will just get POORER !!!!!! Just keep getting closer and closer and closer to going on SNAP—MedicAid—Section 8—Welfare !!!!
    TRUMP’s Great America —— My Foot !! !! !! !! !! !!

  72. I was wondering if I should revisit my social security since I just turned 70. I have been receiving benefits for several years now and working part time. Does it make any difference in how much I can receive in my benefits if I revisit my benefits at the age of 70?

    • Hi Chrystal. Good question! Each year we review the records for all Social Security recipients who work. If your latest year of earnings turns out to be one of your highest years, we refigure your benefit and pay you any increase due. This is an automatic process, and benefits are paid in December of the following year. Learn more about how work affects your benefits here. We hope this helps.

  73. Dear Madam Speaker, Mr. President:

    To end child poverty by 2020 and all poverty by 2030

    A BILL

    To repeal the Adjustment to Contribution Base in Sec. 230 of the Social Security Act under 42USC§430 and replace it with: There is created in the Treasury a Supplemental Security Income Trust Fund to end child poverty by 2020 and all poverty by 2030.

    To overrule the 2.37% DI tax rate for 2018 and retroactively amend the effective DI tax rate to 2.1% (2018) in Sec. 201(b)(1)(T) of the Social Security Act under 42USC§401(b)(1)(T) ex post facto and for the intermediate future.

    Be it enacted in the House and Senate Assembled

    It is my pleasure to submit to you the 2020 Annual Report of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program (the 24th such report). We protest the perpetuation of this report in compliance with section 231 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 that cut SSI spending and 10 million Aid For Families with Dependent Children benefits 1996-2000.

    The Commissioner has a duty to sustain a 3% COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment), so social security benefits are competitive with 2.7% average annual consumer price index inflation, so SSI benefits will pay better than the poverty line at some time in the future, to right interpretation of Sec. 215(i) of the Social Security Act under 42USC§415(i) after wrongful SSI $674 (2009-2011) determination perpetuating $600-$699 mo. beyond the 48 months allowed (Revelation 13:10) and donor fatigue.

    We are honored to finally effectively propose that Congress end all Social Security Administration (SSA) worries, reduce the deficit by the amount of the SSI Program and vote to tax the rich and underinsured state employees the full 12.4% OASDI tax on all their income to create an SSI Trust Fund to end child poverty by 2020 and all poverty by 2030.

    In this Report we are commissioning the Actuary and other economists, for a more optimistic future, in response to this pro-poor government, with special attention to the accuracy of projections and inability to calculate the optimal OASDI tax rates since 2000, that impair the 3% COLA. The Actuary is requested to consolidate SSA’s two Annual Reports into the first ‘2020 Annual Report of the Social Security Administration’, pursuant to the vote of Congress.

    Sincerely,

    Commissioner of Social Security

    Done: Anthony J. Sanders for Public Trustee
    Hospitals & Asylums

    Letter of Intent to pilot the Annual Report of the SSI Program in November, for the promised raise from $711 to $900-$1,300 due to up to 50% of father’s mandatory maximum benefit. All the public trust, some of the $2,000 mo. for writing the introductory Message of Public Trustee for the First Annual Report of the Social Security Administration.

  74. Last year my rent went up $90. a month and we got $34. increase.
    This Year you say $24. and Guess what My rent is up $98. starting Dec 1 2019
    I hope I die soon or I will be homeless .
    I get $1385 rent = $1088
    they wont give me sect 8 no one will help .
    Crazy FkN World

    • Hi, James. 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.

  75. What is the federal withholding tax amount on monthly social security payments?
    How can I have the amount of tax held back? What percentage can I have held back for tax purposes?
    How can I have this percentage adjusted?

  76. Will I have any new benefits from social security this year ? What are my benefits now. My husband passed this year and I will get a portion of his social security, I already have been receiving social security of my own. Thank you for your help.

  77. I would like to know how they determine the COLA, and the Part B, and the deductible??Ive talked to our agent for our supplement and both the partB and deductible are increasing which will leave us very little as a cost of living!., how is this fair to us average folks?? Thanks

  78. disgusting!!!!asswipes like donald j(ackass) trump keep getting richer and richer,while the rest of us are thrown a pittance!!!

    • John. If you remember Obama you did not get any thing. Trump Takes no Wage at all.
      Congress are the one getting Richer off our Backs.. They will get 1.6% increase on 100,OOO dollars. They don’t pay for their Insurance or for any COPAYS-None!! So Smoke that!!

  79. so like the last time,they took part of it to raise medicare! how is that helping us?? we live on povert “wage” as it is,just over the guidelines to get help from heap or food stamps sad world!!

  80. So …..
    The average COLA for the elderly citizen is the “same” as the average “urban” worker in our economy.
    Or all this documentation states:
    Obviously there are a lot of elderly who doing just fine – hardly have seen a doctor, or a hospital, or specialist for some illness??
    Seems strange – my wife and her “silly” concern about her cancer returning – is free ???
    How many younger have no problem with these problems ?? Not true. But most have been employed up until and possibly have received assistance from other sources through their employment ?? Hopefully, but then do we buy almost (in general) the same amount of medical care and medicines as the younger group ? Don’t think so !!

    And isn;t it obvious that we often have to purchase very expensive medication – simply because the extended use of anyone of these can be involved a long and persistent illness (more often for the elderly).
    So the more “persisten” the more expensive – another way to say: “Whatever the market will bear, determines the price”. The only to “drop” the price is to not use the medication with the high price. Or die !!!
    My point – COLA doesn’t come close to helping Social Security participants.
    Social Security is not an “entitlement” , as we paid each payroll check (because of aggressive laws to “encourage” participation) for this as a part of our “retirement” – so much of what was collected has not been used, but it has a problem. With COLA as a base, it fails its original purpose.

  81. This is really not acceptible 1.6 % increase, while we spend so much on traspassers into our country, they give seniors nothing. We should see at least a 4% increase so we can afford to pay rent and other necessary items.

  82. I notice the only ones you give a, straight answer to are the ones trying to correct their passwords. The rest you refer to another site. Because you know their right. We are actually losing money. We worked all of our lives and each year we lose more and more money. How much was your raise.? Even one decent year would get most of at least in a, better position. I don’t know how you people sleep at night.

  83. The increase is welcome but it will fall short of the 7% increase or $20 that Medicare increased. And when are they going to do away with the WEP program. Heaven forbid we actually live somewhat comfortably in our old age. All this from people who vote their own raise amounts.

  84. Just wandered when will the Govt. pay back into the SS fund the 2 trillion dollars they borrowed. And when will the Senators and Congressmen have to change the ruling on their retirement to be the same as they make the regular citizen use?

  85. I am currently having federal income taxes deducted from my benefits but I want to decrease the amount withheld. Can I access forms on line to change my deduction?

  86. I called the social security on November 15 and requested a social sercurity benefit statement for
    myself and for my wife. I was told the statements would
    be mailed to the address on file.I have not received
    these statments and where i live needs these stements.
    My name is edward w.heidenrich *** – ** – ***
    my wife name is charlotte r.heidenrich.*** – ** – ***
    my email address is edward w. heidenrich@gmail.com

  87. WOW….1.6 percent! Come on Donald we need more to survive in a period of high gasoline and utility costs not to mention rising food costs utilities and housing! What a joke – stop sending money to Ukraine and stop starting wars! KEEP OUR TAX MONEY IN THE USA FOR
    CITIZENS NEEDS! FROM A VETERAN

  88. this is why we live in poverty at retirement ,this is not enough to survive,groceries and electricity have tripled in the past 10 years,and that is where our money goes they give us no discount ,this does not include insurance ,and our children still in school, congress should be ashamed of themselfs put them on our same insurance plan and salary,see if they dont whine.

  89. I have not received a mailed confirmation of 2020 benefits. My online social security account does not work and an SSA rep was not able to help me cancel it a few years ago and register for a new account. I don’t know if I wrote my password down wrong or what. This means I cannot go online to verify benefits.Please advise where I can find the steps to cancel and start over.

    When will we see benefits letters? I live in Florida.
    Thanks!
    Mary

  90. Why doe’s the government give social security a raise and then increase my rent what good is giving me a raise and then take part of it away?

  91. Oh really, a pathetic 1.6% increase per month for SS when Medicare is going up 7% per month. You don’t take into account the increase in property taxes and utilities. Also my premium for supplemental insurance is going up $50/month. I’d like to see Nancy Pelosi and all her co-horts live on what an average senior citizen gets each month.

  92. Sad that our elderly have to live on so little and yet the cost of living still sky rockets . I think it is an abomination and so much attention focused on everything but the elderly .

  93. I got an idea,stop paying illegal immigrants any type of benefits and then us American Seniors that have paid into our system all of our lives could receive more money to live on and have better cheaper medical coverage too.Then if the United States would stop sending trillions of our dollar’s to foreign countries that hate us anyway,wow we would all live better and have plenty to eat! Charity should start at home and not worry about other countries.

    Leonard Barnett

  94. My daughter gets $900.00 plus in disability, plus. She is an alcoholic. She worked 20 hr a week jobs. Did not raise her son, pay his dad child support, etc.
    I worked a full time job, and for many years a second job. In my four ties I returned to school. I retired at 77 years old, due to illness. I get $1100.00 and Medicare. I am responsible for my own living expenses, car insurances. Which is okay.
    I raised three children. Minus child support, fuel , medical assistance, and on and on. Oldest son was sailor of the year while stationed in San Diego, retired honorably from Navy. Other son was a submariner. Honorable discharge. They were navy brats until the divorce. Did not get medical, cause dad did not sign them up. After a
    career in Navy, Air Force and Army, including Vietnam Nam, he retired.
    Point – how do people who barely worked, if at all, make
    out better than those earned their way and gave to their country? I have over simplified matters, of course.

  95. What do I do to renew SS for 2020 ? I still have Silver Script Plus and Cigna as suppliment ..Only haven till Dec 7 so what do I do?

  96. So I will not see an increase in the December 31 check most likely on the next one from January to February check right? Thank you and enjoy your holiday

  97. I wanted to know when I will receive The form, “Social Securilty Benefits Rate Change (BRI) for 2020?

    I need this Before 12/31/2019 because Santa Clara County, CA, is requiring this form before this date.

    Thanks

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