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Are My Social Security Checks Expected to Increase in 2019?

The Social Security Administration recently stated that payments to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries are set to increase for next year. Specifically, the payments are expected to rise 2.8 percent. Why Are My Social Security Checks Increasing? This payment increase is due to an automatic cost-of-living adjustment, also known as COLA. COLA is based on low inflation and dictated by law. It takes effect on December 31 for the country’s 8 million SSI recipients. The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers, or CPI-W. This measures different price changes for food, clothing, transportation, housing, medical care, energy, education and recreation. Low-income disabled and elderly people that receive Supplemental Security Income also receive a COLA. In addition to retirees, other Social Security beneficiaries include disabled employees and surviving children and spouses. If you receive SSI, the maximum federal payment will increase…
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Here Are Three Social Security Mistakes That Can Cost You Financially

Social Security will be an important benefit of your retirement plans as a typical American, and it will most likely be a huge part of your income. Many Americans, however, don’t fully understand how these benefits work and what the program does for you. For Americans who go into this process unaware, you could fall into some pretty common financial traps that could permanently reduce your income later on. 3 Mistakes You Want to Avoid When Becoming a Social Security Recipient Claiming benefits before you know how they work. If you don’t fully understand the factors that could impact your Social Security income, you could most likely make poor decisions when attempting to claim benefits. You should fully know how your age, work history, and marital status will affect your benefits during the claim process. For example, retiring before full retirement age (FRA) will reduce your monthly income. If you…
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Is the Disability Waitlist a Sign of Mismanagement?

When a disability claim is denied, the claimant eventually has the option to have their case reviewed by an administrative law judge (ALJ). However, getting such a hearing can take a long time. The most recent estimate for how long it takes to see an ALJ is 633 days, almost two years. What is the cause of this disability waitlist, and is there any way to fix it? Is Mismanagement a Reason the Disability Waitlist Is So Long? Judge Marilyn Zahm, the president of the Association of Administrative Law Judges, recently talked to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution(AJC) about the 1.1 million claimant long backlog. She points to a lack of leadership at the Social Security Administration, short staffs, and inefficient handling of cases as the culprits for the waitlist. As president of the nationwide body that many of our ALJ’s belong to, Zahm has suggested more efficient ways to handle “non-controversial”…
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