278 thoughts on “Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2019

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    • Agree! I’d also love to see a permanent adjustment for women’s “wages” to make them equal to men. When is THAT adjustment coming through, Social Security? (not holding my breath)

        • I was a manager doing mans work far above what any man was doing in our 100+ stores and I never received any raise at the top level of pay even though I was rated the best at what I did (above the men performing the same duties} GIVE UP WOMEN!

      • The last COLA increase for me was $38 however they raised my Part B by $36 so I got a raise of $2 bucks. How is this helping us. Our rent and utilities keep going up but our pay does not. Why are you taking away our increases. Find another way to adjust your Part B and not take our food and money away from us

        • The the medicare part b increases have outpaced the cola for me for the last four consecutive years. Consequently, my net socialsecurity amount has remained staignant.

    • I agree, if someone is receiving other benefits such as food stamps and /or housing, along with Disability,/ SSI the other benefits will decrease because of this small increase. I watched it happen to my elderly parents before they passed a couple years ago. And now myself being on disability.

  2. I would like to see the % system scrapped and ue the COLA figures to compile a same payment amount to all SS recipients, the % system gives more to the higher recipients than the lower. If a system to use % to conclude the same amounts to all SS receivers it would be better…. simply because no matter what a persons income from SS is, it still amounts to purchases to both are the same, so COLA type increases should also be the same.

  3. I going to be 65 years old on March 13, 2018.but i didn’t have in off earning credit from ssa.i have 25 credit.i need another 15 credit now my claim is pending for my benefits.

    • Hello Lesly. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs based program that gives cash assistance to people with limited income and resources who are age 65 or older, blind or disabled. Please call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
      Also, you may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which they live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. Or you can visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information. Thanks!
      We hope this helps!

  4. Thank you very much. Its greatly appreciated. Ive recently retired this year. I don’t get a large check and I am paying part B and a supplement insurance too. I live with my friend. I can’t afford to rent on my own. Maybe someday part B will be free. I would like to try for Medicaid in 2019 . This is all new to me . I just wanted to thank you for all the updates and making this transition understandable for me. Thank You .

    • The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) applies to all beneficiaries. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. Thanks!

    • Think we will ever again see the kind if rases we saw when Mr. Bill Clinton was our man in social seurity. And will the day ever come for any one not to go to a lawer to claim social security benifets?

  5. I am unable to access my account. I put in the name and user number and get an error message. So show I create a new account or what?

    • We are sorry to hear that you’re having difficulty accessing your my Social Security account, Kevin.
      If you are still having trouble accessing your account, please call our dedicated my Social Security—Hotline. To reach this hotline, please 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”. Sometimes you may have to contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

  6. This site is to confuessing thus worthless and a waste of tax payer money.

    All any of the viewers want to know is what % increase for 2019 .
    Just more of a wasted news letter.

    • Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. Thanks!

  7. Ok, WOW…2.8% COLA increase….
    BUT… how much will The cost of Medicare and the Suppliments and Advantage programs increase?
    Probably thosecosts will offset the 2.8% and the Retired person will maybe have an increase enough for a second cup of coffee at Starbucks!

    • Hello Iris. Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov.
      For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security’s Message Center. Thanks!

    • WOW… is right on for America were we live pay our taxes an die trying to make ends meet not to mention all of you folks out there that had to get a lawyer just to get social security just so the lawyer could end up with 1/3 of your money we are suposed to get at the very ripe very old age of 65 no good to any one except a fast food joint if you can stand on yet feet long enough to get touse burgers to the cuonter with frys nuggets and a soft drink 1/2 waterd down and flat,

  8. It is nice to receive a raise in our social security (COLA) but we don’t realize it because Medicare is raised to almost as much as our COLA raise BUT our “gross” looks like we got a nice raise but like I said. .. We never realize it. Not fair to people on a “fixed income”. Everything keeps getting more expensive and we have less and less to live on.

      • Wow. Your audacity astounds me. I had a nice retirement fund, insurance, owned a home I could afford, put money in savings every month, had a budget. Made a comfortable income in a professional career. Then the 2008 stock market mess took half my 401k overnight. A year later I was stricken with an incurable progressive degenerative disease and lost my job. By the time I was approved for disability I’d lost my house, gone through what was left of my 401k just to live on, and had to file for bankruptcy. It had never crossed my mind that I could become disabled and destitute overnight, much less how many truly contemptible people there are in the world who hurl this kind of ignorant abuse at others. Watch out that high horse you’re on doesn’t throw you off. Then you, too can feel the nastiness of people who judge others they know nothing about.

        • Hell yeah!! Exact scenario happened to me now I’m barely hanging on when I used to be financially secure. To the people who judge others without knowing what they have went through beware because Karma’s a bitch

        • I am sorry you experienced such bad luck, and even sorrier that people are using this forum to spew vitriol toward some of our unfortunate and ill elderly. I know many others who have never recovered from the crash of ‘08-‘16 and who now rely heavily on the SS system they paid into all their lives. SS is not enough, but they are sick and can’t work.

          We owned a business and cashed out half of our retirement to keep our doors open and to pay staff so we didn’t have to lay them off. The remainder was in RE and the stock market, which were wiped out. The 2.8% sure isn’t much, but I’m hoping the next tax cut will eliminate taxes on SS, which was never designed to be taxed…. a tax bill was written by one political party to add income tax on SS payments for seniors. It’s the same party that went into the fund and took money that was supposed to be invested to build equity in our SS accounts for long-term payouts.

    • Hello Susan. If you are unable to create an account or encounter a problem with your my Social Security account, you 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. Thanks!

    • Hello Mary. Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced.
      Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security’s Message Center. Thanks!

    • If you are unable to create an account or encounter a problem with your my Social Security account, you 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. Thanks!

  9. There are times , when I work an hour or two. Unable to stand or walk a long period of time. I make a few dollars. They take out SS# .IT is paid to me monthly. I will be 90 October 30. Do I continue my current procedure. Thank you. This ability to text is fantastic. Betty J. Hunt. huntbetty@hotmal.com.

  10. Ssi $20.00 dollar raise this year. Is it another chance for another raise in SSI 2019. It says that looking at an email Thursday October 11th 2019.

    • Hello Floyd. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security’s Message Center. Thanks!

  11. Glad to hear since everything else is going up. The gas companies are out of control with their constant price increases, which then impacts everything else like groceries, utilities, etc. And of course, City, State, and Federal taxes are up as well.

  12. Thank you so much. Seniors are living longer and increases of everything make it so difficult to survive. I see so many people purchasing cat and dog food to have a meal. $15 can’t feed one person for a month. Yet, $200 per month is given for babies.

  13. I going on 65 years old on March 13, 2018
    I apploy for retirement but i don’t have in off earning credit i need to if i will not qualify for benefits from ssa.i have an claim pending

    • Hello Lesly. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs based program that gives cash assistance to people with limited income and resources who are age 65 or older, blind or disabled. Please call our toll free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
      Also, you may be eligible to receive social services from the state in which they live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. Or you can visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information.
      We hope this helps!

  14. This is a great idea and I for one appreciate it. Any increase is appreciated. Occasionally I can work from home and make a few dollars. They take the SS# out. It is not consistent, there are times I can walk pretty good, not for long. Thank Heavens for any at all. I do not receive any retirement. With company 35 years.

  15. I would like to thank President Trump and the GOP members on Capital Hill for this COLA. Democrats have never done a damn thing except steal from me and the rest of American Legal Citizens. I hope they lose their ass November 6th.

  16. Whenever there is a increase of any kind we don’t get it. it goes to Medicare. I don’t get enough to live on and a few dollars always helps. Why does the government send any information on the COLA increases…when there is no intention of sending nothing, I would love to get more veggies n fruits..but I guess i would always be low income. after working so long.

      • Hello Mary. Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Thanks!

  17. This would be more effective if someone from Social Security would respond to relevant questions. Does anyone read these comments?

    • Hello Bill. We -do- have an official social media team dedicated to posting messages and responses to customer inquiries or comments that specifically address SSA issues.
      We try to respond to all of your questions and provide general information about our programs.
      If you have a general question, we encourage you to ask here. But remember, never post personal information on social media.
      Also, please be aware that our official agency responses will always include the Social Security Administration (SSA) seal. Thank you for your support and for using our blog!

  18. I replied to your comment, yet it’s been removed. The First Amendment is supposed to prevent Government Censorship. Now I’m being told this comment is not allowed, again. Why and who is removing my comments?

    • Our blog — Social Security Matters — gives readers information about a variety of topics, including our programs, online services, current events, and human-interest stories, usually in greater detail than typically shared on our other social media platforms. Our blog encourages discussion and offers important retirement and disability-related solutions. While we welcome general participation from all of our followers, we ask all participants to please be considerate and polite to others when posting comments. While Social Security aims to create an open discussion related to the content on this blog, and encourages helpful and useful comments, please note that this is a moderated communications platform. Please visit our “Comment Policy” page for more information on this topic.
      Also, please be aware that our official agency responses will always include the Social Security Administration (SSA) seal, and that we have an official social media team dedicated to posting messages and responses to customer inquiries or comments that specifically address SSA issues.
      Thank you for your support and for using our blog.

  19. Family Social Security Services

    The way I pick up social security benefits from the first quiz test? That I understand

    1. I get one I am not married. So I get social security benefits from my parents steal to these day; for living in Second Class America

    2. I steal pay off all my social security benefits all the time so then the quiz says , ” that I get the social security benefits anyways”, . Because they will come looking for me. If I don’t pay because I make more then $2,000.00 in income.

    3. I get “Division of Family Children”, but I don’t know why I half to claim it because my children have family trust funds.
    It seems like somebody is trying to steal a really big family trust fund?

    4.. I got (PDP) also but I don’t know why. Except it is Inheritance?

    5. I am not married

    Director, and Owner
    of
    NYSE, Internet Website Gainer, My Own Business? E-Commerce
    John Paul C. Stoeltng

  20. Please quit referring to the citizens and other people in this country as ‘consumers.’ It’s a belittling, dehumanizing term, with parasitic overtones. I would like to meet the bitter sot who first spit the term through his teeth as a measure of his peers and poke him in the eye. Then I’d lecture the ignorant who continue to mindlessly use the term, as I will now do. The people of this country do much, much more than consume. We produce. We protect. We nurture. We create and invent. We support. We love. We pass on our traditions. We raise children. We improve. We support each other. We pay the lion’s share of taxes. We defend. We punish. Government needs to have more respect for the people it serves, and one of the first things it needs to do in recognition of this imperative is to stop referring to the greatest citizen family on this planet as consumers.

  21. Does the increase in Social Security make any difference? Medicare will come along and increase the monthly cost for them like they did last time we got a 2% Social Security increase!!!

    • Hello Bernardo. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security Message Center.
      Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov. Thanks!

    • Hello Linda. The 2.8 COLA increase is applied to your Social Security benefits, information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security Message Center. Thanks!

  22. It’s nice to get an increased Social Security Benefit, however it would be nice to know if there will also be an increased cost of Medicare, so it can be determined what the actual net Benefit will be to Seniors.

    • Thank you for your comment, Terry. Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced.
      Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security Message Center. Thanks!

    • Hello Jane. Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced.
      For more details about the new COLA, visit: http://www.ssa.gov/cola. Thanks!

    • Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced.
      For more details about the new COLA, visit: http://www.ssa.gov/cola. Thanks!

    • The increase applies to all beneficiaries, Kathie. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018.
      For more details about the new COLA, visit: http://www.ssa.gov/cola. Thanks!

  23. My drug plan Part D Medicare went from $20 to $25. So let me think a little , I think it went up over %20 percent? Whats this 2.8 % percent bullshit about. Don,t these people that come up with this 2.8% know anything about Math. The great Fleecing of America, Quit giving it to every one that hasn’t paid into the system.

    • Hello Michael, Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security Message Center. Thanks!

    • Hello Emily. Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security’s Message Center. Thanks!

  24. Thanks for the information, i got one other thing to inform you about it, im living overseas since 2007, i retire on 4-2007, wel at about the same time i acesse mi SS acc w, since last year for some some problems with mi logtop i no longer can acess mi ss acc, wend i try to sing in, it does not go true, then i try to give mi information and i get a resonse tel me they dont have anny information about mi ss num, even mi name, well i try to do it again, and got a unser that mi information is there,so i canot make it again, i agree, but it makes me think wy they dont have the information, wend i try to login but then teling me they do have it wend i try to make as new, til now as i ask for anny help, never got a unser, and stil i canot singin on my SS ACC, and i do get emails like today from you with information important to me, sorry for the long message, thanks.
    JOSE M. JORGE

    • Thank you for contacting us, Jose. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate you trying to use our online services. At this time you must have a U.S. mailing address to create or to access your online account. The “my Social Security” authentication system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for issuing an account. People with APO/FPO/DPO addresses can create an account overseas, but our system does not support registration and account creation for users with a foreign address yet.
      For assistance related to their Social Security benefits, we recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact their nearest Federal Benefits Unit or U.S. Embassy in their area (by phone or email). Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad.
      We hope this information helps!

  25. Each time we get an increase in out SSI, Medicare also is increased by the same amount so we, as seniors don’t see an increase so why bother to tell us?

    • Thank you for your comment, Anna. Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov.
      For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security’s Message Center.

  26. Question, will a portion of this increase be subject to Medical payments. The last time my parents received the increase, they were not awarded the full benefit of the increase because they took a big portion for Increased Medical.. That is so wrong…

    • Hello Kimberly. Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security’s Message Center.
      Thanks!

  27. Can’t get too excited until I see how much Medicare premiums increase, which I had hoped you would have included in your report.
    As you know, prior years premiums increased in many cases, the same, or almost the same, as the amount of S/S increase. So I think I’ll wait before spending anything extra!!!😕

    • Hello Ron. Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security’s Message Center.
      Thanks!

  28. Why is it that the COLA is so low and the Part A medical premium goes up more than the COLA? Participants are not really getting an increase it is actually going back to SS. Plus a few dollars out of out check.

    • Thank you for your question, Jeri. Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov.
      For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced. Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security’s Message Center.

  29. That’s lovely… I’ll tell my mother. She received a raise in 2018 of 2% and it went straight to Medicare. So, in reality, she received zero raise to help her offset the cost of living. For the past three years she has received the same monthly amount despite the fact that her living expenses increased so I truly hope that in January 2019 she will finally get to see some increase actually go into her pocket. Keeping my fingers crossed for her and all the others that rely so heavily on that income.

    • Hello Marilyn. A 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2019 was recently announced for the more than 67 million Americans who receive monthly benefits. For more details about the new COLA, visit http://www.ssa.gov/cola. Thanks!

  30. The 2.8% increase is welcome. Any increase is welcome for us old folks. However, it is not a feather in cap for Jim Borland. It is nothing extraordinary. The Cost of Living increase would actually justify an increase of 5%.
    However, who am I, to complain. We love America.

  31. I need at least a $ 800.00 a month increase to keep up with cost of living going up. Meat prices are up, gas is up health insurances are up. I live in poverty. Work 60 years for poverty. And they say this is a great nation for who the millionaires. Who else.? It would be nice to eat something besides noodles. But this is a great nation for the immigrants. They get welfare just because they came here. Free cable, electric, housing, food stamps , etc. While I get poverty. This is a great nation for the millionaires.

  32. The SSI Program is vitally necessary, but too unfair effecting very SICK and Elderly Poor Americans – several changes should be made immediately to relieve the unscrupulous burden that the outdated requirements impose on these very vulnerable Citizens!

  33. I am concerned whether the 2019, 2.8 S.S. increase will be a repeat of the 2018 increase, where the monthly receipt increase was only $2.00, after increase deduction for Medicare. (One of only a minute number of increases in the last 10 years.) I much prefer using the increase for nutrition foods than doctor’s visits.

  34. Too bad I have to VPN and spoof an American IP address to get here and then sad that I cannot create a MyAccount since I do not live in the USA. Thanks for nothing.

  35. How much of the increase will go toward Medicare insurance ? 2018 January was COLA increase most of it went to the medical coverage , except $ 2 for my SS disability income. If most of the Medicare insurance company get another $ 34 more dollars again ?? If so that will get $ 160 a month out of SS check.

  36. I just got on medicare and my bill is for $670.00, Why is that. I do not have the money to pay. Do I need to take my SSI out to cover this cost?

    • Thanks for your question, Castelia. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community to work with their local office on specific questions about their case. You can also call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Wait times are generally shorter later in the day. We hope this helps. We hope this helps.

  37. We will never see the increase in the COLA because living of a fix income like SS you have to depend on the SNAP program, or low income housing assistance, and they cut your benefits and raise your housing cost so that you still can’t keep up with the cost of living.

    • A nice warm cup of helmlock is a lot better than starving to death from no enough money to even live 100% below poverty level. America home of the brave land of the inslaved.

  38. It’s about time. I wish the Washington crowd at the White House had to live on what my husband and I live on.
    I have hoped every year we would get a raise on our social security.
    Maybe I can buy me a coat for winter.
    Thank you,
    Carol Haller
    challer@columbus.rr.com

  39. i am disabled and my wife also,she has not worked enough hours to get disability on her own due to her her brain stroke,was told i could claim her on mine as a dependent as she turns 50,called in now they say not till she get to 62,which is right.HELP we are not making ends meet,she used to get s.s.i,but when i got my disability they say i make 21.00 to much for any help with food stamps or any other things like health care,they want 295.00 a month for her to get any coverage.Michael

  40. while Rep, and Dems have raped the surplus social security system and the pennies we seniors are receiving, millions of seniors have had to file bankruptcy and are losing their homes , but no one has in congress or social security advocates has approached this problem . WHY

  41. Why can’t I have a My SS account as I live in Australia? This is totally unfair! I think I have a right to be able to do things online as other Americans do. I am still an American citizen and plan to remain one, even when I get Australian citizenship.

    Please don’t tell me to contact the Manila SS, they tell me they can’t do anything thereQ

    • We apologize for theinconvenience, Pamela. The “my Social Security” authentication system requires address verification as one of the essential criteria for issuing an account.
      At this time you must have a U.S. mailing address to create or to access your online account from outside the United States. People with APO/FPO/DPO addresses can create an account overseas, but our system does not support registration and account creation for users with a foreign address yet.
      For assistance related to your Social Security benefits, you can contact the nearest Federal Benefi Unit or local U.S. embassy in your area, by phone or email. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad.
      We hope this information helps!

  42. I have a question, I applied via phone call for my Husbands Benefits…am I getting my Husband Richard A Butner social security benefits as I requested. he died May 15, 2015 ( 4-8-35). Its a little confusing. I opened my work history and expected to see his employment contribution to social security. Am I missing something? Thank you.

    • We are sorry for your loss, Barbara. Generally, individuals will only have access to their own earnings record. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog. 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.

    • Hello Joel. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog. 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. Or contact your local Social Security office directly. Thanks.

  43. Why is my mother who is 74 Years and my father who worked after retirement is now 85 still paying on Medicare and Social Security WHEN THEY ARE RETIRED? My god what more you going to do to these people who just want to retire, without this crap.

    • Hi Deborah, thanks for using the blog to ask your question. Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019.

      The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits.)

      Read more about the Social Security Cost-of-Living adjustment for 2019.

  44. My 89-year-old mother has been disabled for the past 5 years or so. She has been receiving Social Security since she was eligible.
    My 3 questions:
    1. Is she eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance?
    2. Would SSDI pay more than her Social Security benefits?
    2. Would Social Security Disability help with her now Health Care Facility?

    • Hello Neal. Under current law, a person who has reached his or her full retirement age (Currently 66) and is receiving Social Security retirement, is not eligible for disability benefits.
      Disability benefits are established at a higher rate. Social Security disability benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries attain their full retirement age. Benefits are not interrupted with this transition and the benefit amount will generally remains the same.
      Your mother may be eligible to receive additional assistance from the state where she lives. These services include Medicaid, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems. You can get information about services in her area from the state or local social services office. Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) may cover care in a certified skilled nursing facility (SNF).
      Also, you can visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information on assistance programs available in her area.
      We hope this helps!

  45. Called to see if my kids were able to get binifets and thdy said yes do aver the phone interview and give them a copy of birthcrtife how much will I be getting with my two kids I get 750 with ssi diss I

    • Hello Jennifer. 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. 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.

  46. I was awarded Disability in July of 2006. At the hearing I was told that in two years when I turned 62 that I would have to choose whether I wanted Disability or SSI. My attorney said to pick which ever paid the most! Of course!
    I was never contacted by the SSA in order to choose, and they gave me SSI. I feel they did this because it was the lowest, but that’s irrelevant.
    My questions are: Can I request to choose now, or is it too late? Will I have to go through another appeals process in order to do this?
    I abhor government agencies because they transfer you here, to there, and back to where you started from most of the time. You accomplish nothing! I then blow my top and we all hate each other! Hopefully this forum will guide me in the right direction.
    Thank you in advance for your time, and any information you might provide.

    • Hello Edward. We pay disability benefits through two programs: the Social Security disability insurance program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, on the other hand, are based on earnings and are not subject to income and resource limits.
      Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits automatically change to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries attain their full retirement age. Benefits are not interrupted with this transition and the benefit amount will generally remains the same.
      SSDI benefits are establish at the highest rate, based on your earnings and previous years of work.
      We hope this information helps!

    • Hello Debbie. We recently announced a 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2019 for the more than 67 million Americans who receive monthly benefits.
      The COLA will take effect with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments paid on December 31, 2018, and Social Security payments paid in January 2019.
      For more details about the new COLA, visit http://www.ssa.gov/cola. Thanks!

    • Hello Martha. In December 2018, Social Security COLA notices will be available online to most beneficiaries in the Message Center of their my Social Security account. You will still receive your COLA notice by mail this year, but in the future you will be able to choose whether you receive your notice online instead of on paper.
      Read more about the Social Security Cost-of-Living adjustment for 2019, here. Thanks!

  47. IS IT POSSIBLE TO SEE MY 2019 STATEMENT ? I WOULD LIKE TO REVIEW TO SEE THE AMOUNT OF MEICARE PART “B” DEDUCTION. THANKS,

    • Hello Ben. If you need proof you get Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security (SSI) Income or Medicare, you can request a benefit verification letter online by using your personal my Social Security account.
      Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov.
      In December 2018, Social Security COLA notices will be available online to most beneficiaries in the Message Center of their my Social Security. You will still receive your COLA notice by mail this year, but in the future you will be able to choose whether you receive your notice online instead of on paper. Thanks!

  48. You send email about my cola notice on line but it is impossible to find it after logging in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just wasted far too much time only to discover it is no where to be found!

    Totally disgusted with your web site!

  49. I don’t see the point of even giving out COLAs when Medicare takes 3/4 of it. That means that SS is nowhere near keeping up with inflation. Considering last year when most of my increase went to Medicare, I am far behind. And under Obama, I didn’t get a dime. It is very misleading when you say we will get a 2.8% increase as we are expecting that applies spending income. Than it doesn’t. It doesn’t really matter too much in my case right now, but it might in the future.

  50. I am getting an extra $45, but $1.50 will be deducted for Medicare, so I am happy. With my private pension we are making it because as you know with just social security most people suffer trying to pay bills and living from month to month on so little.

  51. Neither my husband, Kayo Silvernale nor I, Kathleen Silvernale have received our new social security cards. We moved 51/2 years ago, perhaps our address was never changed. Former address P.O. Box 164. Currie, Mn 56123. New address 15001. Burnhaven Dr. #112, Burnsville, Mn. 55306. Please reply what to do next. I cannot set up a social security online account with our old SS numbers

  52. I set up my account 7 years ago an have never used it. I cannot log into my account now nor can i recover it due to changing my email address an forgetting it. How can i recover my account

  53. 2.8% cola is repulsive when people are getting raises from $7.25 an hour up $10 to $15. per hour. they get that just to keep up. or get a little bit ahead. How far does $estimated $21 per month take a person on SSI who didn’t ask to sick and is nearly forced to move in with someone they don’t even know. This is truly a sad day for our government.

  54. I’ve not received any “Notice that my Social Security Disability, is “Raising for the Year of 2019.” How or when will this, 2,8%, be “Mailed to me.”?

  55. I did not get this year the”Medicare & You 2019″ book yhis year. Please send me the book in this address:-
    Subhas C Das
    Valley Oaks Dr,
    78641.

    Thank you.

  56. We need a bigger raise. Went how long without one thanks to Obama and Congress. 2.8 isn’t squat for someone who doesn’t get much in the first place.

  57. What if I do not wish to go through this process right now but wish to view 2019 numbers to balance a budget for 2019?

  58. Please have the tech reps send me an activation code again. I have a username but need to choose a new password for access. Many thanks.

  59. So are we going to get the full amount of are we only going to get 5.00 again which doesn’t pay for a gallon of milk why does this keep happening l can not work because l have MS l can’t drive because of that but yet the top people that don’t do a thing for us but they make so much they don’t care about is !
    I work from the day l was 16 years old till 2009 when my ME got the best of me I am now 71 lost my husband 4 yrs ago on thanksgiving day the 22 . So l lost his pension so all the AD and Medicare l pay for why l was working l get 5.00 something is wrong and it need to be fix !!!!!!!

    • Hi Emerson, thanks for using the blog to ask your question. All monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019.
      The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018.

  60. I need the letter stating how much social security i will get in 2019 less deductions. H James Stark, 4601 Kanawha Ave se, Charleston, Wv 25304. My wife got hers but I didnt get mine.

  61. If you’re getting $968.00 a month, then what’s the 2.8% raise amount that’ll be added to recipients getting this every month.

  62. I am trying to find out my and my wife’s benefits for 2019. Every time I try to set up an account I get rejected? Don’t know why. Have the new benefit statements been mailed out yet?
    Thank you1

    • Hello Dominic. Beneficiaries will receive their COLA notices by mail later this year, during the month of December, but in the future you will be able to choose whether you receive your notice online instead of on paper. See Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2019, for more information.
      If you are unable to create an account or encounter a problem with your my Social Security account, you 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. Thanks!

  63. I just got my Social Security statement for 2019, and instead of seeing a 2.8 percent cold, I will be losing $ 82. Why? Nothing else has changed.

    • Hello Barbara. 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!

    • Hi Manuel. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot look up your benefit information. To inquire about your benefit amount, 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.

  64. I am tried to get my 2019 Benefit award letter for myself. All a get is a general write-up of the benefit increase. I can not locate a personal letter that is required for my insurance reimbursement. Please help. Thanks. Gordon.

  65. The biggest mistake the government makes in adjusting social security benefits is really not knowing the true increases in the cost of living. The year we got no increase in benefits BECAUSE there was NO cost of living increase my rent went up $40 and my electricity went up $60 and not long after gas went up about 13 cents a gallon.
    In the first place social security is so far behind times in being able to support a person without 2 to 4 people having to rent a place together that it’s just not funny. I believe that the people that adjust social security live for a year on the persons social security that only draws about $600 to $1000 per month. The lowest should be adjusted up to at least $1100 a month. Believe me we are at the mercy of the adjusters, that’s why some people are homeless, they can’t afford $1200 a month rent on $600 a month. Also the government should put a freeze on greedy landlords rent. It hasn’t been that long ago that the government put a freeze on several things and appointed an Insurance Commissioner to control Insurance and all that amounted to was Zero.Thanks for listening.

  66. hello, I have been trying to log in to my social security, but you can’t find me. I can’t seem to find a number to call. I have not received my new ss card with the new number, and I haven’t received my statement to see what I will be earning starting in January 2019. could you email me that statement?
    I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thanks
    Patricia Stiefel

    • Hi Patricia, thank you for your questions. Sorry to hear you are having difficulties accessing your my Social Security account. For assistance with your account, you 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.

      As far as receiving your new card with the new number, you may be referring to your new Medicare card. Your new card will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything as long as your address is up to date. Mailing takes time. Your card may arrive at a different time than your friend’s or neighbor’s.

      Your COLA notice will be available online in the Message Center of your my Social Security account in December 2018. Although you will still receive this COLA notice by mail this year, in the future, you will have a choice of online or paper notification.

      It sounds like you may need to update your mailing address. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions web page on how to change your address.

  67. I RECIVED A LETTER IN THE MAIL A COUPLE DAYS AGO. STATED I AM TO GET A 2 DOLLAR INCREASE IN MY SSI DUE TO COS OF LIVING. WHAT A SHAME YOU DO TO PEOPLE. 2 DOLLARS AVG TO NOTHING AND IS A EMBARRASSEMENT. YOU SHOULD HAVE KEPT THAT.

    • Hello Sheila. During the month of December 2018, Social Security COLA notices will be available online to most beneficiaries in the Message Center of their my Social Security. For more details about the new COLA, visit http://www.ssa.gov/cola. Thanks!

    • Hello Joseph. In December 2018, Social Security COLA notices will be available online to most beneficiaries in the Message Center of their my Social Security.
      This is a secure, convenient way to receive COLA notices online and save the message for later. You will still receive your COLA notice by mail this year, but in the future you will be able to choose whether you receive your notice online instead of on paper. For more details about the new COLA, visit http://www.ssa.gov/cola.
      Thanks!

  68. got my notice I lost again this year no raise. Mine went to a rise in the medicare medical insurance, that is what they don’t people are the increases in medicare medical insurance. grrrrrrr.

  69. I want a simple answer to a simple question. What will be the medicare premium that will be taken out of my social security each month in 2019?????

  70. My social security card is so faded that you can hardly read it how do I get a new card. I punched on that link but it would never come up. ThanksE

    • Hello Edward, we prefer a government issued document with your picture, as proof of identity to replace your Social Security card. If you do not have one or you cannot get one within a reasonable amount of time, we may be able to use other documents such as:
      •Employee identification card;
      •School identification card;
      •Health insurance card; or
      •U.S. military identification card.
      Any document you submit, must be an original or certified copy, current (not expired) and show your name, and other identifying information (date of birth or age).
      Also, realize that you may not need a replacement card. You will rarely need to show it. Knowing your Social Security number is what is important. To see if you’re eligible to apply for a replacement Social Security card online or to learn more on the process and what documents you will need to get a card, please visit our “Social Security Number and Card” web page. We hope this helps!

    • Hello Joe, the 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2019 applies to all Social Security beneficiaries. The COLA will take effect with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments paid on December 31, 2018, and Social Security payments paid in January 2019.
      For more details about the new COLA, visit http://www.ssa.gov/cola. Thanks!

  71. I received a letter from the Social Security Administration regarding the 2.8 increase for 2019. I was also notified that my insurance with Medicare would be increasing. I also was advised my monthly amount effective in January of 2019 would be reduced due to the amount of income shown on my tax return.

    I paid into social security my entire life and now I’m being punished for having addiction income in my retirement. Explain to me why I’m not entitled to my full benefits from my social security.

    • Hello Connie. 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.

    • In December 2018, Social Security COLA notices will be available online to most beneficiaries in the Message Center of their my Social Security.
      You will still receive your COLA notice by mail this year, but in the future you will be able to choose whether you receive your notice online instead of on paper. For more details about the new COLA, visit http://www.ssa.gov/cola. Thanks!

  72. Social Security says 2.8% increase, if I use that and new amount they say, I’m .64 short.
    who got that money
    Ron Turpin

  73. Every year for 4 years I believe my raise went on raising my medicare payments. My social security has stay the same for I am still trying to live on the same amount for quite a few years. So when will I get a raise on my check ?

  74. I worked hard all my life made good money,however my last 2 years working I could do less and less therefore and made lower wages now disability will caculate my earnings off this lower pay earnings.this is so unfare to penalize people in this way

    • Hello Bonnie, COLA notices will be mailed throughout the month of December 2018. Also, Social Security COLA notices will be available online to most beneficiaries in the Message Center of their my Social Security.
      For more details about the new COLA, visit http://www.ssa.gov/cola. Thanks!

    • Hello Steve. The Social Security COLA-2019 notices will be available online to most beneficiaries in the Message Center of their my Social Security, during the month of December 2018. You will still receive your COLA notice by mail this year, but in the future you will be able to choose whether you receive your notice online instead of on paper. For more details about the new COLA, visit http://www.ssa.gov/cola. Thanks!

  75. When will the 2019 medicare part B rate information be sent . my insurance co. requires a written confirmation of tge new rate before tgey will change my insurance rate from $109.

  76. I did not receive my new Benefit Amount Statement for 2019.Can you send me the Benefit Statement Thanking you in advance

  77. Everything is going up except our checks. Cola increase is going into part b premiums. So where are seniors better off financially?? I won’t see an increase.

  78. I just received my notification from SSA and much to my dismay , our payment for 2019 will drop by over $4,000. Why is that since we were supposed to receive a 2.8% increase

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