Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2018

man and woman outside smiling 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 people receive each month. 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 prices increase, making your cost of living go up. This means prices for goods and services, on average, are a little more expensive. The COLA helps to offset these costs. As a result, more than 66 million Americans will see a 2.0 percent increase in their Social Security and SSI benefits in 2018.

Other changes that will happen in January 2018 are based on the increase in the national average wage index. For example, the maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security payroll tax will increase to $128,700. The earnings limit for workers younger than “full” retirement age will increase to $17,040 and the limit for people turning “full” retirement age in 2018 will increase to $45,360.

You can find more information about the 2018 COLA here.

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1,427 thoughts on “Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2018

  1. I have relapsing/ remitting multiple scerosis and only get a little bit of money ($776.00) a month and of course I would like more, but how much total, please??????
    I am Suzette P

      • Pathetic, isn’t it??!! It’s a darned shame that people who are truly disabled and unable to work, or who are “elderly” (65 and older) after putting in a lifetime of work, are forced to subsist on anything less than what SHOULD BE our current federal minimum wage — $15 per hour. Everyone should receive a guaranteed annual income of at least $31,200 or $2,600 per month!

        • If you elect them to Congress, then you reap what you sow. Congress determines the formula including the benchmarks used to determine inflation. The GOP especially has been hot to trot for years to make the formula less generous. If you don’t vote, shame on you. Stop being part of the problem by incessant complaining and become part of the solution. Get real news and real information. The people you elect would love to have your anger directed to an agency that has no control over the formula. It is up to you to become informed and know better. Are you up to that? Posting on this page is a waste of time.

          • HEY! I am a progressive (former Democrat) and I NEVER miss an election! I vote for the individual and couldn’t give a hoot about the party! (I WOULD HAVE voted for Bernie Sanders for POTUS, by the way.)

            I am well aware that Congress is ultimately to blame for “sticking it” to the 97 percent, especially since the Reagan years. I choose to vent my frustrations by “posting on this page” as well as on the social media pages of elected officials and on various media sites — and that’s for starters. I’m beyond ready to participate in a march on Washington, and more.

          • Well stated. Also, correct me if I am wrong, but aren’t our SS payments determined by the jobs/careers we held prior to receiving SS or retiring? Therefore, again as you stated, be informed and part of the solution. When I retire, I will receive around 1300 depending on when I retire, and that was based on my job. So I say, shoot for the stars and earn as high of an income as possible. We can’t all just get a set amount of SS. That would be mean, if one person busted their rear all their life trying to excel and the other person did not, it would not be just for both to receive the same amount.

          • So true. Everybody should get out and vote. In Texas, so far as voting we only have two Repugs. I don’t vote for them when I vote. I have called them and written to them and they haven’t done anything for us in Texas.

          • Sorry, but the more we can enlighten ANYONE, the more we should. Yes, it’s based on your “career.” Unfortunately, there is REAL discrimination that limits and reduces the amount of income a female can earn. And, while we’re still trying to become “equal,” we’re still failing. Social Security is not based on an “equal” basis. If you’ve worked all of your life at 1/3 or less, than a male, then you receive less to live on as a Senior. This person has every right to make her POV known. Please change your mind about your limitations. They just add to the problem.

          • I did shoot for the stars! I should have full pay I acquired it! But a person at the social security office decided to make more than half my jobs disappear! I did not receive the back pay I was supposed to! I get nothing every month due to her being able to choose to! She also blackballed me in Sacramento payment center because I took my case all the way to a congressional matter and my info disappeared! If you do not keep every check stub you are out of luck! I can’t live on 300 a month! It’s Pathetic! I started working right away as a child! Door to door selling avocados and fruit! Then babysitting for the neighborhood at 11! Right into a SS Paying job since I became fully disable! Most all my jobs had vanished from my record! Pathetic that a jealous stranger can do something like this!

          • And under Obama a democrat, we had 6 times when we received NOTHING in COLA. But we could afford to pay the welfare rats and illegals who come here hop on welfare and Obama says ” I’m expanding welfare to make it easier for more to feed at government’s tit”!

          • My daughter worked until we moved in 2005 and then no one could find her a job so she was put on SSDI. She lived in Durham, NC and now resides in Ocala, FL but will be moving back to Durham, NC in an apartment as soon as our house is sold.

          • Well, aren’t YOU full of yourself! You don’t really know what circumstances may have led up to a citizen needing to rely on SSI payments as a means of survival, now do you??!!

          • What a stupid statement! These people including my son did work not fault of their own. Get smart!

          • My mother worked and retired at 65. Stockmarket trashed right after she retired. Her employer did not offer pensions. $1100/mo is difficult to maintain a life on. Get a clue on what reality is.

          • That’s not accurate. I began on SSI as I was only 59 when I was diagnosed with end stage liver disease from unknown causes. SS website states you automatically get approved if you’ve got a life-ending condition, Liver Disease one of them. Even with my Specialists’ Reports I was denied for 2.5 years till I hired an Attorney Firm. While I was waiting out those 2.5 years, the multiple surgeries I had & living expenses ate up all my savings, 3 small retirement accounts and I was behind when I finally was approved. I lost everything during the wait, had to move in with my daughter. I had worked 44 years and half of that time making 6 digits as a Software Engineer. I also raised 5, now adult children. You’d think I’d get more than $1000/month. The last 5 years before my liver failed, I quit 1 very stressful programming job, but kept my job with the church. It only paid $20k, compared to the $100+k I was earning, but I was also being recruited by 2 other firms. When I immediately got sick, I first ended up in ICU fighting for my life. SS stated they count the last 5 years of income, Id accepted another big assignment but wasn’t able to start. With SS putting more emphasis on my last 5 years, 3 of those were at the lower income. It cost me a lot of money. Then when they had to retro my pay back to date of my original paperwork, what should have been a large payout covering 2.5 years, many areas were denied as they said my family paid my expenses as I was living with them. That was so not true, but I already had to deduct pay for attorneys to get my SS, if I’d retained them to recover my back pay, it would have been a wash or I could have ended up with more attorney fees than money.
            So, I don’t waste tears or anger on any of that. Washington doesn’t know the first thing about balancing a budget & since Obama pilfered so much from SS it’s a disaster. What it isn’t is a Government Entitlement Program! The multi levels of corruption in Washington won’t get fixed by anger. One must be savvy and start voting smarter! I’ve never been interested in the titles of Republican or Dem. I vote for the best candidates whenever possible. Don’t be naive believing that parts of both parties in Congress & Senate have sold out the American People. Like him or hate him, at least Trump is trying to work for the People, but he’s sorely out numbered!
            That’s my 2 cents on SS and these minuscule cost of living increases. We All know they don’t begin to compare to actual cost of living. Espe6here in California. I’m too close to transplant time to even consider moving out of state to somewhere less expensive. My 2 health issues requires a Team of Specialists & monthly labs by all, plus the transplant team at UCLA. As, a Christian I choose living as positive as I can. The rest is out of my control. It’s all about attitude and which spin you put on it. I’ve learned to want & need less. Having also a background in Global Finance, you’d be shocked with what I budget for survival. Housing here in CA is outrageous, that’s my biggest task to accomplish. Still praying 🙏 and allowing God to assist what I can’t do myself! Good luck to all💗

          • Idiot, just because someone is on SSI, doesn’t mean they didn’t work. Maybe their greedy employer didn’t provide a retirement option

          • People stop whining already, Damn.
            Free money will NEVER be big!! Just be grateful ya getting something, but if ya want more, get a
            J O B!
            End of story.!
            Peace be with you!

          • I’M so glad U R so informed as to how long everyone has worked THRU OUT THEIR LIFE.

          • You are so wrong on this. People on SSI get as much as those who actually paid into the system by working. I worked 30 years in health care and my grandson who is 7 with no bills to pay and who qualifies for state health care gets as much as I do. I get 720 mth and my spouse is deceased. I get a little of his making it 1200 a month. I have to pay for my medicare insurance along with rent, utilities and an insane copay for my meds. My Dr copays after insurance cost me 100 a month then I also have a copay for every test. You have no idea what you are talking about saying the ones complaining are on SSI. They are actually the ones that shouldn’t have anything to complain about. BTW I don’t qualify for any type of state help like those who never paid in anything.

          • The Social Security Disability Insurance or SSDI, is a program that pays disability benefits, to individuals that become disabled under our rules. The SSDI program pays disability benefits to individuals who have worked and paid Social Security taxes long enough to be eligible.

          • I am on SS & I am WORKING! They are taking out over 30% I HAVE to work as inflation has Eaten up my SS. This Job is AT the poverty level for this State & county..
            What you need to do is listen to is this!
            The super Rich Are Not paying THEIR share on THEIR Income, THEIR Capital Gains, nor THEIR Inheritances!
            Pass this around:
            Tax the Rich of THEIR Income,
            THEIR Capital Gains,
            and THEIR Inheritances!

          • You are very WRONG! You are the kind of person that is a ❄️ flake! Seriously when you have no idea what your talking about jealousy does that! It’s an Illness!

          • YOU ARE A LIAR JUST STARTED RECEIVING SSI BECAUSE OF THE LAWS IF YOU HAD A LASPE IN WORK FOR TWO YEARS YOU ARE PLACED ON SSI. I WORKED FOR OVER THIRTY PLUS YEARS AND OUT OF WORK DUE TO MY DEGENERATIVE BONE DISEASE UNABLE TO WORK APPLIED FOR DISABILITY LAST YEAR IN JUNE APPROVED IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW FACTS KEEP QUIET. SAD HOW OTHERS JUDGE PEOPLE AND DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. I BUST MY BUTT WORKING.

          • People like you piss me off I am one of those so called woman who worked but could notwork do to a severe mental illnesses do to the fact that I was badly abused as a child. Now you may say well you were a child now you are an adult and yes you are right. However unless you have ever experienced PTSD and DID and Borderline Personality Disorder you have no freaking idea what I and others go through. When you are a child you learn things like walking, talking, eating, hugs, and love. When I was a small child I learned what burns were on my fingers, beatings daily and things you probably can’t even imagine. Here is the reality those emotions , fears, smells, tones of voices, types of faces, crying sounds, are things that shake me to my core and it happens in a snap of a second, I have no control I learned it just like I learned to walk, eat and cry. People think it is all in the head not real, well those people have no idea the embarrassment, shame that goes with all of it. If you think living on 700.00 a month is a free ride you are sadly mistaken because it is more stressful then you can imagine. I complain about SSI and I have the right to because those social workers, doctors, and teachers that knew about my abuse did nothing to stop it. I could have been something a doctor, teacher, nurse or lawyer instead I was sentenced to prison in my mind living on 700.00 a month. So my suggestion to you is this until you know someones story don’t assume you do.

          • Exactly! So many appear healthy enough to spread their legs, or paint houses, go to gambling casinos but just can’t find the strength to go to work.

          • All right! GIVE ME “SOCIALISM,” THEN!

            I worked my tail off for over 40 years and often held TWO FULL-TIME jobs at a time!!! I’m sick to death of having the bulk of my tax dollars earmarked for more “toys” for the military-industrial complex and am ESPECIALLY pissed about having one cent of my hard-earned money going toward yet another tax break for WEALTHY “job creators,” who long ago shipped millions of good-paying American jobs overseas, and NOW continue to hoard the proceeds from their ill-gotten profits in foreign bank accounts!

          • Hi Buggywugs,

            You’re amongst the majority. So, rave on. Someday, these limited minds will understand what is true for the majority. More than likely, that is his/her background. He/she didn’t work, but most of us have worked hard all of our lives. That’s a fact.

          • Being ex-military I know the ememie’s and support the US Military. It is obvious you never served our country. Which is a slap in the face!

          • This is very true, regular citizens have to pay for the illegals benifits this is crazy and unjust for us, if they pay into the systeem is one thing but not to pay into it screws over the ones who have worked all their lives and get shafted.

        • i just called SSA and asked the same ..If you review me>? and see that i have become worse in health ,>? How you figure what you based my SSD check on the lowest paying job i had ? Seems i should be able to take a lawyer to court to see if the increasing ”’ benefits is actually possible . Have a friend who finally has ”full” disability from VA.. That is 3000 a month..although she will not benefit from others that are available in Ohio..its more like ..the poor you are the more is available .? NO ..i wanted to go to school.i wanted to get out the scooter i am in ..and might as well just ”’exist”’ and forget about living ..cause that is all i do ..exist..and getting depressed every day . I hardly make it monthly and that is not having a smartphone or gadgets you see at pantries and wonder? How ? they can have a bill plus SSD ?

        • It was NEVER intended that one could “survive” on Social Security. It has always been that each of us needed to plan for our own retirement (whether that came from our own investments or one’s employer(s)’ retirement plans. The same goes for SSI. Too many “grasshoppers” in our society and not enough “ants” (reference Aesop’s Fables).

          • When discrimination is a REALITY, and a woman makes 1/3 of what a man makes, how can most women earn enough to save ANY money? I was a Database Administrator who made $11 per hour, while the boy from the restaurant industry came in on my level making $21 per hour. How is it okay to continue this kind of discrimination within our safety-net institutions? No one will hire me as a Senior Woman. Is this okay with you too? Maybe most women should be homeless, is this your attitude? If so, you’re a pathetic human being, sorry for you.

        • What an idiotic thing to say! WHERE in the world do you people think SS money comes from? YOU…Your Wages were TAXED for SS as you made money. If you cheated and did Cash Work, then you didn’t pay a dime in SS Tax so you don’t deserve a Dime! If you were too uneducated to make any more than minimum wage all your life then you didn’t pay squat into SS fund. If you worked you tail off, maybe 2 jobs high paying, you paid in the Maximum amount of SS Tax each year. Then when you retire you get a PERCENTAGE OF WHAT YOU PAID IN!! Why should I have paid in $200,000 of SS Tax in my life and you pay $25,000 and you think YOU should get the Same amount as me? Typical Liberal Loser….make a hard worker pay for the lazy worker. Money doesn’t grow on trees and Berney Sanders ROFLMAO!….our country would have gone bankrupt and No Body would get SS income.

        • That’s crazy. I live very comfortably, actually save money on 1875 a month. And I’m single! I hope you realize every dollar you get has to be earned and taken from a younger person.

          • INFLATION has EATEN our Input!
            The younger worker is Not paying as much as we did because of INFLATION \1
            A Hamburger used to cost 10 cents.
            Now it cost more like $5 – $10
            A big number does not equal A Just return on What We put in!

        • The 2018 COLA, started at 3.7%. it was lowered, to 2%, to protect, the guaranteed 3.2% pay raise, for all Government employees, who don’t care, if those, who receive Social Security die, as long, as they (Government), get their money.

          • Very true. They should only get what we get, which isn’t much. My brother said his was only $7.00 a month raise since medicare went up again. Sad that we get no raises, but the cost of living sure gets higher and higher. They don’t care about us, they just want us to die, so they won’t have to pay out anymore!

          • The last 8 years we got 2% under Obama now we are getting 2% in a year. I’ll take it and not cry about it.

        • Ssi and ssdi-monthly checks less than supposed to be.same with retirees.look up SSA pia since 1980.calculations?we’re getting a percentage of what we are supposed to be getting.pia=percentage of income annually.sad eyes.

        • I agree 100%
          I cannot make ends meet at all! It is a shame that we are subjected to someone in the SS office because more than half of my jobs have disappeared because the woman at the time Minnie v. was jealous of my retroactive pay and I would receive past pay and what I’d receive monthly made her mad! She told me in her own words yelling at me! And she stated they’ll be nothing I could do about it! she literally threatened me and said I’d get nothing if she could help it! I’ve fought this until I’m mentally and physically exhausted and drained of any strength! Sickens me!

          • If your job didn’t pay into SS because you were listed as a sub contractor..that’s on you,,,

          • You should have immediately turned that woman in to the Mgr. and I would have also called the Attorney General’s office and reported her! Then I would have contacted a lawyer AND written an article for your local newspaper. Many local newspapers have a write in complaints column. Don’t use the woman’s name in paper, just say one of their “employees”! Even local tv channels may have stories that they investigate to bring attention to the public.

        • This is a very good idea. Unfortunately, as we know it will never happen. For one of the richest nations our social security does not meet the basic needs of life.

        • You are absolutely right I am very angry and if you dont mind would like to publish your comment on myfacebook page. thank you

        • yes, you will receive around $16.00 more a month, but the cost of Medicare will increase also, as it does every year. So, you will actually get less, sad isn’t it? I pay over $104. a month for part B and only get $680.00 in my account!! that is sad, my friends.

          • What gets me is that every time I see a doctor and the bill they submit to Medicare (and for me, the supplement is Tricare, so same contract), they doctor, hospital, and everyone involved is actually paid 20%–and have to like it. How can this go on? Docs are already beginning to refuse Medicare patients.

        • You’ll get an amount that you worked and earned and, if you were low income you’ll be getting much less than someone earning about $65,000 a year. Put yourself in their place and you would feel the same way.

        • If you have not worked to receive a high enough salary to get what you are asking, then you simply are not entitled to it because you did not pay in enough into the system. You really don’t get it do you? This is not a welfare system. It is based on what a person earns and how much they pay into SS until they are able to collect. Why should someone that pays in very little get the same amount than someone that works longer and has a higher income and pays in much much more than for example YOU did. This makes absolutely no sense. I do not understand where your thinking comes from. Welfare is an entitlement, SS is NOT. People worked for what they get in SS, it should not be given to anybody just because they think so.

        • Yes it’s pathetic. Note that with the 2% increase (wiped out by the 23% Medicare increase) we will have to pay higher income tax against the higher gross. Couple this with double taxation and it becomes simply the government paying itself through you account. Right now if you are at the poverty level making more than 44K, 85% of the benefit is subject to income tax. You watch, next they will increase it to 100% taxable.

        • Actually that sounds really fair, reasonable, sensible, and good for the economy.
          I am over 65, and something I CAN do IS SHOP. (Like tools that help me fix up things around the house). I’ve calculated that I receive $16.00/hr from the Social Security Income. That calculates to 1/3 (one third) of my military income. I retired as a Staff Sergeant in the Army. I don’t think it’s fair and there are those; veterans, the homeless, the grandparents who are having have to take care of their orphan grandchildren, and there are so many more situations like these or worst, people who receive
          $15/hr Social Security.

        • I worked from the time I was 18 until 55. I had to stopped because I ended up with COPD and a few other things. I worked 2 placed and retirement was not what I accepted. Now with Trump dropping the help we get from state on meds, and doc’s, I will not be able to get most of my meds and my machine that supplies my oxygen. We loose either way.

          • oh no ..you will not lose nothing..He is all talk..NO one is taking medicaid away..I have all that too for my COPD plus scooter and oxygen too .lost all family too in 6 weeks so doing all this alone can be nightmarish.. but i am stronger for it. Why Eddie Goodman does not know all stories here are not because we COULD NOT work ..we fell into an unhealthy situation out of our control.. SAD most with no face lack the most knowledge..sorry to pick on you ..but you have no idea…NONE..what it means to never leaving your home for over 6 years..but to go to store cause i have no help and no family ..Government does not take care of me. I take care of me and i am blessed at what OHIO has available to help …period . If the government was taking care of me..I would be out there golfing on YOUR TAX MONEY ..everyday..

        • Worked since i was 15 and never recd ssd till 2001 so you dont know what people go thru..Please do not set in judgement..This is nothing ..they will take it way next year when the food stamps get reviewed, medicare, medicaid.. You just need to pray you never have to walk in our shoes instead of thinking you do ..YOU could not adapt to my world ..and i would not wish it on you either .

          • I only wish I got food stamps, I get nothing from the state!! ZIP, NIL, NONE….I worked from the time I was 12 yrs. old until I was 45 years old…people who never worked or worked very little, get more than me!!! go figure, to bad I did not see that when I was younger, I would have just sat on my ass too!!!

        • BS And it’s spelled aliens, which are not people. We are referring to people here. You go on back to your alins, whatever those are.

          • Don’t know where you got the idea that aliens are not people, so here is the definition.:

            Definition of alien

            1 a :belonging or relating to another person, place, or thing :strange an alien environment
            b :relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government :foreign alien residents
            c :exotic 1 alien plants

          • I’m thrilled I’m an American. I take pride in the fact I have Medicare and my $1475,00 SSI. I feel confident my payments and earned benefits will continue. I wish I had more to give to the less fortunate!

          • THE REAL ALIENS ON THIS CONTINENT ARE THE EUROPEANS! NOT THE INDIGENOUS MEXICANS THAT MAINLY COME HERE, THEY’RE INDIGENOUS TO THIS CONTINENT/ AMERICAS, THEY BELONG HERE!

          • Sandy, these ignorant people suffer from Xenophobia pay them no mind! The only illegal aliens are Europeans/ whites in this continent! And the only people taking advantage of government assistance are white trash, poor blacks and Mexican Americans! Mexicans etc.. have been run of from their land thanks to racist trump, and are no longer coming here because they are being persecuted and fear for their safety!

        • Sir to say that someone that has to be put on SSD should have worked in their life and not relied on the government is totally insulting. Most of us have worked all our lives and can not help what our health has handed to us. I have worked and worked so much in my 44 years of age that my body has given out due to multiple health issues that are way beyond my control. So as I sit here fighting for my SSD, I am not relying on the government because I want to, it is something I have to do. So get a clue before you make derogatory statements like the one you made here. I am not lazy nor have I ever been but unfortunately things happen and we have to give in to reality, the reality that when we can not do it anymore we have to give up our pride and say yeah I need help so that I can be around for my loved ones.

          • I hope you are able to get your SSD before it’s to late. My husband returned to work,he had to after being told he was refused and would have to appeal it after he had a disabling stroke. He died at work. My cousin the same thing. My husband was 50 my cousin 52. To bad we can’t sue their asses for contributing to their deaths. My husband died of an aortic aneurysm and my cousin died of a heart attack after being diagnosed with CHF

        • I did work since I was 11!!! You have zero rights to say anything you know nothing about! I worked my whole life until I became disabled! Someone in the SS office that I gave all my money to while I worked stole from me! I believe several others! You keep your evil negativity to yourself! We all have a right to benefits we live in this country! USA citizen!

          • They are not entitlements or benefits, we paid into that with our employers money and our own. It’s American workers money period!
            $$$$$$$$$$

        • Funny how that works out. I worked from the time I was old enough to babysit, worked at many jobs that contributed to SS, eventually got two Bachelors and one Master’s Degree, worked for nearly 25 years as a teacher, and my SS payment is less than $1,000! Happily, because I ended with a salary in the 70k for three years before retirement, my state also pays a pension and matched my 401k investments. We have to be thinking way ahead and not rely on SS to live on in retirement. With all of that, my income is still under $3,000/year. (That’s the security I traded for someone else getting to raise my children for many of those years.) And I’m one of the lucky ones!

          • But don’t call them today! I just tried an hour ago and was told “your wait time is ONE HOUR”! Did anyone else NOT receive a 2% raise this January?

      • 2 percent is not multiplied like x 2.0….you have to move the decimal…over to the left twice. so it is x .02 whatever you are getting…

      • Ron, that’s incorrect.
        You multiply by .02. If it is a 2 percent increase. Not 2.0. Thus you multiply 775.00 X .02. Thanks.

      • They rounded my increases EVERY TIME down..last time it was a loss of $.80, the next time $.40. I’d like to have that extra money each month.

      • That is taken away soon as all the reviews come in to update food card, medicare, DPL .Everyone always thinks their taxes pay for the disabled and SSI folks..TRUMPSTER is using your taxes to do ohhhhh so much more.. AND you really need to worry about the future .With all the drugs available,, and folks smoking whatever ..don’t leave you much hope on how and who will do the jobs already out there …stoned ? Cannot get SSD for alcohol addiction so why i ride a bus. \0/

      • everyone is doing their math wrong!!! 2% is not x 2.0…. you move the decimal over 2 places to the left…. so it is x .02 so it is barely anything.

      • And my grandaughter who has never worked a day in her like but gets welfare and foodstamps will spend 5 times that raise on a pack of cigarettes.

      • However, the 2% increase will most likely be applied to the $134 mediocre premium that was increased in 2017…The Majority of Social Security recipients, that use direct deposit saw an increase to $109 for their Medicare Part B Premium in 2017…In 2018 any increase up to $25 will be applied to the Part B Premium…it will not go to the recipient….

        • Oh so true! They are playing you for a sucker if you think it even keeps up with Inflation let alone the Health Care Cost for Trump-Care!!

    • OK, so they give us 2.0% raise. Thats good. BUT, how much are they going to increase medicare? One year I got an increase in SS and Medicare increased so I ended up with no increase at all. Doesn’t seem fair.

      • Good catch. I was looking around on the site for information regarding the Medicare premiums for 2018 but didn’t find any information. They’re saving that for later, I guess.

      • The majority of Social Security recipients will see a 0% increase to their bottom line…any increase up to $25 will go to the Medicare Part B Premium, which was increased to $134 in 2017…If you use direct deposit your premium for 2017 was increased from $104 to $109 which was the 0.03% COLA increase (read the Hold Harmless Clause definition for Social Security recipients that use direct deposit)…so most recipients will receive 0% …It is like creative accounting for the government…move the money from one program into another…I also do not understand the 2%, since the COLA has been estimated to be 2.2%?

    • The article notes SSI, but not SSDI, a separate program. SSI is Supplemental Security Income, SSDI is Social Security Disability.

    • everyone is doing their math wrong!!! 2% is not x 2.0…. you move the decimal over 2 places to the left…. so it is x .02 so it is barely anything.

  2. I am so very glad about the 2% increase, but someone needs to look at the elimination of the ceiling for the amount annual earnings from other sources. Like a job that must have because social security just does not cut it. Taxes have already been paid on the money why not leave it alone. I am a widow and cannot make ends meet with just social security.

  3. I am scheduled to start receiving my Social Security benefits effective in November. Will I receive a COLA effective with my January 2018 Deposit?

    • Great question Stanley, if you were born January 2, 1943, through January 1, 1955, then your full retirement age for retirement insurance benefits is 66. If you work and are full retirement age or older, the amount you make at work will not affect your Social Security benefits, no matter how much you earn. Please read our publication “How Work Affects Your Benefits” for more information.

      • It wont affect your SS BUT it will affect your taxes because you will have to pay on your Social Security, even though we already paid on that income all throughout our lives. I still work and get SS and it is very hard for me every year because I have to pay taxes to the government on top of all the taxes that I already pay because of my job and ALSO still pay SS deductions and medicare. Even t hough I do not even collect medicare since I still have insurance by my employer. The government is taking all it can from people that really cannot afford to scrape up any more money. I am doing without because of this while all of these high income people and millionaires are raking in more and more and more money. I would like to ask where this is fair?

        • Hi Maria. Everyone working in covered employment or self-employment regardless of age or eligibility for benefits must pay Social Security taxes.
          Also, some people have to pay federal income taxes on their Social Security benefits. This usually happens only if you have other substantial income (such as wages, self-employment, interest, dividends and other taxable income that must be reported on your tax return) in addition to your benefits.

  4. POVERTY IS NOT A CRIME ISN’T A PUNISHMENT IS A LIVING ONE DAY AT A TIME I AM A SURVIVOR FROM DEPRESSION, DIABETES.HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND STRESS FROM MY PASSE IN THIS COUNTRY .

    • Well bless your heart!!!!
      I am 86 yr old veteran, been fighting for 60 some years for help with my hearing,…i was asked by my daughter, what I wanted and i did not reply, because all what I really need,want is a better hearing aid…AND I will get them from the VA if I live long enough…
      THE MESSAGE I BRING:
      NEVER GIVE UP
      KEEP LOOKING AND SEARCHING FOR MORE INCOME…

      • Keep it up my friend, I finally got my hearing aid from the VA after 23 years. Ask your daughter to help you in filing claims to the VA. Now is a good time when VA has more funding for us. Good luck.

      • Aloha,
        VA is a hugh department. Make sure that you apply to the right department. Although the VA website indicates to apply to a department it might not transfer your paperwork to the correct department. I am a retired VA clerk. I worked for a University system in Hawaii. My student workers were alll VA veterans that needed help getting their benefits. Most of your VA staff really do not know each other or where the correct department is. You need to really talk to VA person at the department.and ask questions. I am fortunate to live in Hawaii. I was also fortunate to meet face to face with the VA staff before I retired. I know most of the people that live on mainland, the VA department is located quite a distance from where they live.

      • Aloha Gene, Do you have all your documents. If you do not have anything DD214, is your hearing service related or not? You need to have paperwork to indicate something. If VA department does not have anything on file they have to start from the bottom and work up to see what they can do for you. This is for all now and future. Submit your DD214 to your nearest VA Department for them to be on file. Your military records will not follow you after you get out. You NEED to submit it to you nearest VA department. If you move make sure that you notify your VA to transfer your paperwork to your location. Current VA Veterans get a digital copy of their file unless the military stop giving it to them after discharge

  5. Thank you for sharing the good news. Far too many of our seniors are living in near poverty while millions of
    illegals are benefiting from as a result of fraud.

    • You ARE kidding, right??!! Lazy is one thing “undocumented citizens” are not. To the extent they are living in this country “illegally,” make no mistake, they are working their tails off at 25-cents-on-the-dollar wages.

      If you want to BLAME people, blame the so-called “job creators,” who sent millions and millions of (formerly) great-paying, American jobs overseas — often at taxpayer expense (to add insult to injury), because they (the “job creators”) actually received humongous tax breaks for the “costs” of shipping our jobs overseas.

      And guess who have been picking up the slack by paying higher percentages in taxes all these years?? That would be folks like you and me (i.e. the average Joe and Jane Blow)!

    • Undocumented do not get benefits. Social security for retired people is not an entitlement, we paid for it with every paycheck. Don’t blame the poor or undocumented workers who actually pay taxes but get no benefits.. blame republicans who don’t care about anything but greed..

  6. A increase??? Tell me about it!?? In 2017 the “INCREASE” TOOK $2.00 from my monthly pay!!! HOW AM I SUPPOSE TO KEEP LIVING WHEN YOU KEEP TAKING MORE AND MORE FROM MY CHECK???? An increase, that just means I have to re-adjust what I eat….AGAIN so I can pay my bills. Am I eligible for Medicaid????

    • If you are 65 or older or on Medicare due to disability you can call your local SHIP to get them to look at programs you may be eligible for. Look up the number for your local Area Agency on Aging and they will be able to connect you to SHIP.

    • I get by with meals on wheels. It leaves a lot to be desired. But it is one meal a day. I cannot drive anymore, so it is hard to get to the store. I use The RIDE they are the absolute best you just have to call 5 days in advance for an appointment.
      There are places that lend walkers and wheelchairs for free see if there is one in your area.

  7. You know, all older people here, which we are talking about, social security people, how many? Don’t know but the fact is we the people getting ss, and ssi, and SSDI. Have all worked and pay in. We have been there, now it’s the new age for us as old people, you know what I am talking about so we will be treated with the up most respect and also the vets. We are large groups of people here, all colors and sizes,ages,areas. We should be takes care of in all areas. Why are wheel chairs and equipment we need are so high? That’s robbery in your face. Now we all payed in all those years for this help at the end stage of our lives, we take care of people all over the world in some shape or form. To make American great again we have to take of us too. Thank you, Bob b.

    • Mr.Robert C.Clayton,
      Bellow Mr.Robert. I’m Mr.Michael Mayeur & what you sat is so true I was AWARDED DISABILITY in the year (.2005 ) Right before. KATRINA. I KNEW THEN I WAS ( BLESSED). Check The New REFORMER MEDICARE-PART # D / IT STARTS Now. CALL THEM. — THEN PASS THE WORD. ( HUMANA & MYEDICARE )
      GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND THEY SAVED ME MONEY.

  8. This is great. It will just cover the 100% increase in my annual premium for Medicare Part D administered by Aetna HealthSpring Rx, where their actual profit margin on my account is about 90%.

        • Well, according to REALITY, a measly 2 percent increase in Social Security benefits when Medicare-related premiums are increasing by 2 percent and more, is a freaking joke!

          • That is exactly why they gave a 2% increase. To make up for what they are increasing. That is how the government works. So, yes you most likely will stay the same but you also will not have to pay out more. People should have learned by now that you cannot totally depend on SS. That is the very reason why so many people work until they are up into their 70s. I see this every day.

          • It is a joke. I am so tired of hearing how people are lazy or didn’t work so that’s why they don’t get much ss. Wages in America are stagnant and have been for a long time. Depending on where you live, you can work 80 hours a week and not make much. My situation is that I adopted 5 special needs kids and was unable to work for some years. I am content with what I get, but I am furious at the increase in Medicare premiums.

      • In many other countries where would we be ?
        Really we could do better but it could be so much worse. But now we better get going and make sure our children do not make the same mistake we did.
        Yes we made an error in judgement and did not plan well enough. Now quit complaining an help your fellow man or woman. It will make you feel so free.

  9. An Increase of $14.70 in my Supplemental Security Income in 2018,also an Increase in Rent in my one room apartment in Worcester,Mass.age:67.

      • Ray Fernandez, Please explain the Hold Harmless Clause to people and why the majority of the 66 million people will Not receive a bottom line increase to the social security…only if they do not direct deposit their social security check, are in a high income bracket…Anything $25 or less will to their Medicare Part B Premium and their bottom line $$$ will remain the same…This is called being transparent…Most of the people do not understand that the Medicare Part B Premium was raised from $104 to $134 in 2017 and any social security recipients that use direct deposit saw an increase in 2017 of $5 or (0.03%) to their Part B Premium…Not $30, due to the Hold Harmless Clause…thus their increase in 2018 up to $25 will be applied to their Medicare Part B Premium…Be Transparent..Many years with little or no increase only results in more poverty.

  10. I am a senior also and I agree with all the comments here.I have several medical issues and I can barely keep my head above the water every month.Praying for the better in 2018.

  11. There was mention of SSI, what about SSA? will recipients of SSA be getting a raise in distributions in 2018? I do not find this report complete in all of the facts that affect recipients of social security benefits!

  12. wow an 18 dollar increase. we work all our lives and we end up on social security which is just another high class form of welfare. there is no difference.

      • Wow, that was nasty. Some people work hard and live in areas where pay is bad. Hard to invest when you live paycheck to paycheck. Also perhaps they had medical issues and were unable to afford insurance, before the ACA. For instance, I had super medical insurance as I worked in a hospital, but by the time my husband died of cancer, we had used every bit of that insurance (ceilings), if he hadn’t died I would have been bankrupt.

  13. I give a Bravo Zulu to those of us who’ve worked 40~50 years paying into Sociall Security, Medicare PLUS placing a percentage (25% my case) of income into savings/401k’s/IRA’s and taking care of our health in order to be self reliant and not dependent on piddling Government subsidies.
    Just sayin.

    • That’s what I’m talking about! Way to go Kim and Andrew. I’m a baby boomer going to retire soon. I knew long ago there was no way I could support myself with only SSI after retirement. That’s what you call planning for the future. Now after I’m going to retire they up the salary limits for SS deductions! I could have benefited from that in the last few years. I could have put more in because of that, so I could receive more when I retire. But that ship has sailed for me. So because I pre-planned I should be ok as long as the Equifax security breach doesn’t rear up and bite me in 2 or 3 yrs. Who knows maybe sooner. That’s just another fear to add to our list! It IS unfortunate for those who have a disability and have to depend on SSDI alone. I feel for you. We all need to inform the next generation, the gen xers and millennials there won’t be any SS left for them. They need to work and starting saving and investing NOW!! They’re parents will NOT be able to support them if they don’t!

  14. For the majority who do complain, if you were self employed, you should have shown more income.

    If you were not working, why?

    There are too many people who are on food stamps and they pull up in band new vehicles and purchase the best meats that are available. Too many people receive what they are not entitled to. That prevents our governments from helping those who need more help.

    You start paying in when you first start working and for the majority of us that is at 16 (part time work). For those who truly need more – check with your individual states about any help they can offer.

    I have worked all my life and I am 73. I do not hold the belief that the Government owes us anything. We should always find a way to save for the future.

    Finally, within a few years, we recoup from our social security benefits, the amount that we paid in – yet, we continue to receive payments until we die!

    It really is a great system!!

    • Amen. I was taught a long time ago to take care of yourself no one else will. Do Not rely on the government to take care of you. Very important to realize that our government is too busy taking care of all the illegals in this country, Come to america everything is free! If this situation ever gets under control some of our elderly and disabled people may have a higher quality of life!

      • The government is not taking care of undocumented workers. They get no benefits, quit blaming those very hard working undocumented and place the blame where it belongs…on the republicans who only care about greed

  15. Wow my golden years are going to be more golden right? Every year since I turned 65 and also worked my health has kept deteriorating so that I have had to stop working and now only live on SS and very small pension. Have many doctor and hospital bills that I can’t afford to pay because my living expenses are higher than my SS and pension and make too much to get any assistance from the government. Wow the golden years really sucks!!!

  16. Hello Jim Borland & SS Team,
    Thank-you very much for this great information. I am now 71 and I was forced to retire over 3 years ago when I was 68, My doctor tells me that I will probably live for at least 30 more years. While working over 40 years, I did make a lot of Social Security payments.
    I am working very hard on future investments for my self. So I can prepared for more 30 years.
    Since my Social Security was reduced a little in my 2nd retirement year. It is great that Social Security Benefits will increase next year. That will help me save my life.
    Good luck,
    Jim Myers

  17. everything related to any social service from pensions to veterans benefits to health care public transport etc etc in USA is 50 years behind northern europe
    If my children and granddchild werent here Id be out of this crap excuse for a country tomorrow

  18. My husband started collecting SS on his retirement age 66 and is still working fulltime. He will be working until 68 God willing. Will his SS increase?

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  20. I’ll be getting about $31.80 more a month, so it’s better than the $5.00 I got last years and it all went to pay the increase in the Medicare increase.

    • Yeah, I want to know why Medicare consistently goes up EVERY year?!! Premiums, deductibles…it’s ridiculous! Example: 2017 Inpatient deductible is over $1300! It’s seems to increase $15 or more every year! Give us a break Medicare!!

  21. I am still trying to get the SSA to tell me how I got SSI rather than SSDI that I applied for. By the time the CR crossed out my real application date which automatically lowered my monthly payments and with the SSA listening to the employer about how much they would pay for workers comp, AND THEY DID NOT PAY ANYTHING EVER.. (an all too common problem for many who were totally disabled by the job). MY SSDI went to SSI and I know that my SSDI benefits should be more. My daughters too were cheated as well. There were other offsets but the conclusion to this is, that I cannot get anyone in the SSA to address my problems about the shortage of my monthly payments. I’ve done my part, going to the offices, writing, phoning and nobody in the SSA will talk to me. Something is greatly wrong with this and it all needs to be corrected. Is anybody at the SSA willing to help me or will I continue to be ignored by the SSA?

    • You have a perception that you are being cheated, that perception will not change. I suspect that the SS employees are sick and tired explaining the same thing to you over and over.

        • Are you sure you had enough quarters to qualify for SSDI? It is impossible for SSI to be approved *instead of* SSDI, though it is possible to be approved for SSI *in addition* to SSDI, to get a partial SSI amount to bring a low SSDI amount up to the SSI level for your state.

  22. I took early retirement at 62 but worked part time for a few years- when My husband became ill and retired at 65 he would receive medicare. As my husband became more ill and needed in home care I took a leave from my part time job to care for him. After my husband passed away I contacted SS and was told I would receive an increase on my SS each month-I would receive all of my SS and and part of what my husband had received to make my SS equal to my husbands. I thought this was unfair – My husband had worked since he turned 15 yrs old paid into SS and where was the rest of his SS going – back into the “POT” for other people I was told! I really think this is unfair- my income after the increase was 1/3 less than what we had received as a couple –

    • that’s how it works, when you are widowed, you get the same amount as the higher wage earner’s individual benefit was. That’s how the program works,i.e, what the statute directs SSA to do. Some of that amount is paid from your wage earner’s benefit, the rest from your deceased spouse’s wage earner’s record. You paid in, so did he, so you’re paid from both records.

      If you don’t like how the program works, complain to your members of Congress-they’re the people who could revise the Social Security statutes. It sounds like you think you should get your own benefit plus all of your husband’s individual benefit–not in the statute as currently interpreted by SSA, federal courts, etc. But Congress could amend or revise Title II of the Social Security Act to make it so. Your members of Congress are the ones to communicate with on that issue, and the more people who do so, who knows, maybe a majority of Congress might actually act to mprove the financial positions of non-wealthy people, and the Chief Executive wouldn’t veto it. Of course, the retirement trust fund might run low sooner, but . . . Congress would fix that the same way it was fixed in the 1980’s. I’d sure like to see some so-called “capital gains” (thinking of you, hedge fund managers, et al) treated as the income they actually are, and the earnings level SS is paid on tied to actual rate of inflation.

    • that Obama care is the cause of no raise it takes care that don”t pay it keeps going up we need to tell then to get rid of it we pay for it all welfare got a big raise see we nothing

  23. Please be transparent about this 2% increase….The majority of the Social Security Recipients will receive a 0% increase to their bottom line…any increase of $25 or less will go towards the $134 Medicare Part B Premium that increased in 2017. (Read the Hold Harmless Clause for Social Security recipients that do direct deposit) When the premium increased to $134 (2017) the direct deposit recipient’s increase was only increased by 0.03% and their bottom line (actual deposit) remained the same…Now that their will be a 2% increase anything $25 or less will be applied to their current Part B Premium to make the premium equal to a maximum of $134 premium….Be transparent and tell the truth…the 2%, for the most part is being moved from the Social Security Account to the Medicare Account; not to the Social Security Recipients bottom line…this will probably be the norm for years…We need to change this system in order for people to be able to afford food/housing/health coverage/and just the basics…

  24. I HOPE SOMEONE IN THE SSA WILL LOOK AT THIS? IN ONE LETTER IT SHOWS ME ONE AMOUNT AND THE OTHER ANOTHER AMOUNT AND THE NEXT ONE ANOTHER AND SO ON IT GOES WITH SO MANY LETTERS SAYING DIFFERENT THINGS MUCH LIKE THE EMPLOYEES FOR SO MANY YEARS. I NEED HELP FROM SOMEONE IN THE SSA TO FIGURE THIS OUT THE RIGHT WAY!

  25. RE: Health and Welfare 11th Ed. http://www.title24uscode.org/hw.html

    Dear Commissioner of Social Security:

    Omission Obstructing Justice (g) To end benefit attrition with a 3% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) rule every year inflation continues to run about 2.7% and the Trust Fund Ratio is greater than 20% under Sec. 215(i) of the Social Security Act 42USC§415(i). To make an exception to the rule to pay $777 mo. SSI a 5.7% COLA is needed from CY17, a 2.7% COLA CY18 followed by 3% COLA to $777 SSI CY19 and 3% COLA every year for the earnings of low income beneficiaries and workers to stay ahead of 2.7% average annual inflation.

    I am sorry that my accidental, but uncorrected, omission obstructing congress was victimized by the commission of obstruction of justice – >37 dead from wildfire in Northern California. I was going to correct the error right away but got distracted by my need to protect myself from the consequences of my error, and the length of time and peace of mind it takes to add the State Department budget right, maybe my only other error, in the passage of a massive budget surplus, whether or not OASDI taxes the rich.

    The dishonorably (un?)discharged pyromaniac cop obstructing county commission suggests 40 counts of criminal mischief (by the Social Security Commissioner and her legal counsel, in contempt of the accidentally uninformed Congress). Nothing for me, not enough for the beneficiaries. Art. 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that states, “no arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”. Rule 96 of the Manual for Court-Martial defines in Article 134 Obstruction of justice includes wrongfully influencing, intimidating, impeding, or injuring a witness, a person acting on charges under this chapter, an investigating officer under R.C.M. 406, or a party; and by means of bribery, intimidation, misrepresentation, or force or threat of force delaying or preventing communication of information relating to a violation of any criminal statute of the United States to a person authorized by a department, agency, or armed force of the United States to conduct or engage in investigations or prosecutions of such offenses; or endeavoring to do so – maximum punishment dishonorable discharge…

    This is my extremely humble request for a redetermination of the COLA amount under 20CFR416.405. There does not seem to have been any foul play by Congress. Social Security regulations might want an easy way to redetermine benefit amount based on need and/or merit, but not having enough for a roommate has been the healthiest and most enriching decision of my mentally disabled life and appealing to an administrative law judge the most deathly sickening murder attempt yet, distinctly hiring 5 illiterate administrative law judges, and subjecting everyone to $666 mo. for 3 years without COLA perhaps because I did not properly cite Reconsideration 20CFRPart 416.1407 et seq. Cost of living adjustment in benefits is supported under 20CFR416.405, ending in petty theft “If the increased annual SSI benefit amount is not a multiple of $12, it will be rounded to the next lower multiple of $12”.

    Please reconsider commissioning my omission and honor the balanced federal budget, by taxing the rich to end child poverty CY 18, and deciding on the 2.1% or 2.0% + $240 billion settlement DI tax rate so we can have a 3% COLA without depleting the DI trust fund, soon to be right regarding the State Department, but not exact about HUD and ACF budget addition. The Court and Congress have been served.

    (a) $55 billion state department and international assistance congressional budget authority + ~ $33 billion private aid = $55 billion – $88 billion US ODA, 0.28% – 0.46% of GDP > 0.17% OECD estimate FY 18.

    (b) To provide for a voluntary 1-2% of income suggested UN contribution on tax forms quarterly and April 15.

    (c) To amend the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour 2009-2017 to ‘$7.50 in 2018 and 3% more every year thereafter.’ under 29USC§206(a)(1)(D).

    (d) To provide 14 weeks of (unemployment compensation) paid Maternity Protection under ILO Convention 183 (2000).

    (e) To amend the 1.8% DI tax rate starting January 1, 2019 in Sec. 201(b)(1)(T) of the Social Security Act under 42USC§401(b)(1)(T) to either (e-1) 2.1% DI tax, or (e-2) 2.0% DI tax if OASI pays $240 billion including 2.5% interest in assets for CY09-CY15 to replicate to the extent possible revenue that would have been received if the OASDI tax had been properly adjusted by Public Law 112-96.

    (f) To replace the Adjustment of the contribution and benefit base under Section 230 of the Social Security Act 42USC§430 with ‘There is created in the Treasury a Supplemental Security Income Trust Fund.’ (f-1) To tax the rich the full 12.4% Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Federal Income Contribution Act (FICA) on all their income to pay 16-24 million children growing up poor SSI benefits FY18 to End Poverty by 2020.

    Omission Obstructing Congress (g) To end benefit attrition with a 3% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) rule every year inflation continues to run about 2.7% and the Trust Fund Ratio is greater than 20% under Sec. 215(i) of the Social Security Act 42USC§415(i). To make an exception to the rule to pay $777 mo. SSI a 5.7% COLA is needed from CY17, a 2.7% COLA CY18 followed by 3% COLA to $777 SSI CY19 and 3% COLA every year for the earnings of low income beneficiaries and workers to stay ahead of 2.7% average annual inflation.

  26. And is that meager increase going to be offset by an increase in medicare premium like it was last year to effectively make the COLA $0??

  27. If you are a retired teacher in the state of Texas, you NEVER get an increase in your monthly $$. When I retired 13 years ago the amount was fie, but 13 years everything has gone up except my monthly check. It never will. Meanwhile our health care is getting ready to take a huge leap. And, no, I do not get any of the $$ I paid into Social Security though I worked more than enough quarters in my entire career. I am grateful to have any assistance, but it bothers me to hear about “We need more increase.” Don’t we all!

  28. Wife is trying to get OFF disability, but you keep starting payments again, stop them, start again, and now we get a bill for medicaid. What the heck is wrong with this organization? She just spent 2 hours on the phone to have the rep “disconnect” the call. More like it’s closing time and hung up to go home. So of course we’ll have to pay for services that she hasn’t had or used in over six months, and then we’ll get the over payment letter and have to deal with that nonsense. All this after the original mistake of putting her on SSI instead of disability, sending us a “back pay check,” having us then PAY back the check to another sub-branch, and finally costing us nearly 2k in taxes because the IRS says we received money that we didn’t pay taxes on. Why can’t we get anyone to actually fix this, we’re trying to NOT GET MONEY! We shouldn’t have to take a day off work to go back into the same office that was suppose to stop payments to begin with, or take a day off work to wait on the phone for over an hour, get hung up on, and then repeat again.

  29. listen all people in AMERICA we have to work and pay into social security TAXES from our jobs we held from WORKING in order to be on SOCIAL SECURITY when we need to apply for it. SOCIAL SECURITY IS A INSURANCE PAYMENT that you paided into and could use when the GOVERNMENT say you could get it because you worked and paid into it.BE PATIENT THE PROGRAM OF AN INSURANCE CHECK DOES’NT MEAN YOU ARE GOING TO GET ALL BILLS CAUGHT UP ON IT. IF YOU DID’NT HAVE THE BRAIN FROM YOUR PARENTS ON PUTTING UP FOR A RAINY DAY FUND I MEAN THEY TAUGHT YOU ON SAVINGS IN LIFE(IF NOT) YOU ARE CRAZY FOR NOT AND THINKING SOCIAL SECURITY ARE A SAVER. (KEEP LIVING PEOPLE).

  30. I firmly believe the Senators and Congressmen should only get the increase we get. They vote themselves big increases and we gave to make due with none or be happy with a measly 2%. Also make them take the insurance coverage they want us to take.

  31. I had just as soon not to get a raise. The last 3 years we got a little raise, each year medicare was raised more than the raise I received. In the end I wound up loosing 2 dollars each year. I don’t believe your SS should ever go down. I wonder how much I will loose this tear?

  32. The Medicare Advantage insurance companies can get a big bonus with our COLA now. They get bonuses every year while Medicare goes broke along with Social Security.

  33. It’s been 3 years since I’VE seen a raise – they say there was a raise in 2015, but my check has not changed since 2014!! Cost of living HAS gone up! For the past 2 years – I’m no longer able to afford even hamburger more than once a month – almost $4/lb here! My shopping list for the MONTH has been (for well over 2 years now), I buy 1 lb hamburger, 1 lb bacon, one or 2 chicken breasts, 1 or 2 pork chops – and THAT is my protein for the MONTH! A chicken breast is cut up and used in 2 or 3 stir fries and a batch of chicken and NOODLES; pork chops are chopped up and added to fried rice. I can’t tell you the last time I ate a WHOLE what ever when it comes to MEAT! Make a pot of beans – use 2 strips of bacon to season. Make a pot of potato soup – 2 more strips of bacon, etc. You get my drift! And those IDIOTS try to tell me the COST OF LIVING hasn’t’ gone up!?!?!?!?! I’m disabled, trying to keep my weight under control – but it’s HARD when all you can afford to buy is potatoes, rice, noodles, macaroni – all useless CARBS and no PROTEIN.

  34. 2 percent increase better than 0. Not in my eyes. So now, on $700 that is $14.00 ok I’ll take that THEN on the other hand how much more will be taken out of my Social Security for Medicare premiums. Maybe $15.00 or so. Sounds like a NEGATIVE to me. Not good Not good at all

  35. I am 66…my generation was raised know one had to have more than SS to survive retirement. So we looked for union jobs with retirement programs. I hope the next generation realizes SS may be there but if they can not save(most will not be able to) look for jobs in fields that have MANDATORY retirement programs. I am fortunate my husband and I were both teamsters. So at his death I received 75% of his all of mine and survivor benefits. I know those of you who did not plan can not go back…but you do have to live with the decisions you make in life. I am blessed I know but my income was due to work and planning knowing the Govt was not going to take care of me. So please encourage your children to make sure they have supplemental retirement…be it 401k, union or other retirement programs.

  36. I don’t know if most people are aware that a wife can take her husband’s S.S. which is usually more than hers if she worked less. S.S. is still not enough to live on! I’ll bet those in Congress have enough to live on, and we have been paying for it through our taxes. That includes their salries, perks, retirement, and great healthcare!!

    • Hi Marie. To receive the maximum spouse’s benefit, you must start receiving those benefits at your full retirement age. If you are under full retirement age and qualify on your own record, we will pay that amount first. But if you also qualify for a higher amount as a spouse, you’ll get a combination of benefits that equals that higher amount. The spouse’s benefit cannot exceed one-half of your spouse’s full retirement amount. Also, to qualify for these benefits, your spouse must be receiving retirement or disability benefits. Please see our Retirement Planner: Benefits For Your Spouse for more information. Thanks!

  37. I am 77 and handicapped. I was receiving $181 until July 2016. I had to move and haven’t seen a penny since. All I get is letters saying that you don’t have my correct address?? Funny, but your letters come to my correct address, and the payments are “returned” ! because you say you must have a correct address???
    Somebody is paranoid and it isn’t me ! S.O.S.!

  38. They give us seniors a measly 2% increase which doesn’t even cover inflation, then increase the cost of medicare, increase the cost of your supplement, increase the cost of your drug plan. after the dust settles you clear $5 to $7 more each month more than last year. then lastly they Call it a “government benefit” when the GOVERNMENT does not have a single penny invested in the fund. It was paid for by you and your employer. The government collects the interest earned on YOUR MONEY, then tells you how much they will pay you (your money). and hope you die early so they can stop the payments. the the elected official vote themselves a $3000 annual raise, get free medical, dental an vision care for the rest of their lives PLUS their full salary. if we did that to them we would be in prison.

  39. Is there anything I can do to stop Arizona from taking 80% of my COLA increase away from my food stamp allotment? This is cruel and unusual punishment because I wind up with less purchasing power than I had before the COLA increase. Thank you

  40. Then that small percentage will be taken back if you have Medicare as Medicare will then raise its monthly premiums. Yeah, such a win-win for government!

  41. I am eligible to receive Social Security but have not yet applied for benefits. Recently I received my annual statement from Social Security that detailed my future benefits. Do the amounts shown on the statement reflect the 2% COLA for 2018??

      • Thanks Ray, but I don’t think that answered my question. Did the amounts shown on my recent annual statement include the 2% COLA. Or should I add 2% to those amounts?

        • There is no COLA on benefit amounts not yet being paid. Your benefits will be newly calculated whenever you begin getting them. You will not need an “increase” – which would be zero since you are now getting zero.

  42. The $17,040 allowed would cover more of my retirement pension from company I worked and retired from after 31 yrs b4 age 62? This is my first year for SS retirement and I want to know if the 17,040 will lower any tax I will have to pay on my SS retirement pension. Just curious as the taxable amount of SS is confusing to me. TY

    • Just to clarify Joy, the earnings limit for individuals -younger than “full retirement age”- who are continuing to work while receiving Social Security retirement benefits will increase to $17,040 in 2018. (For 2017 that limit is $16,920). In regards to your tax question; some people may have to pay federal income taxes on their Social Security benefits. This usually happens only if you have other substantial income (such as wages, self-employment, interest, dividends and other taxable income that must be reported on your tax return) in addition to your benefits. For further income tax questions, you will need to contact the IRS. Their toll-free number is 1-800-829-1040. We hope this information helps!

  43. I have verified an update with DHHS and a Associate Occupational Organization. By consent only Details are available.
    Thank you.

  44. Better than a poke in the eye but not even half of the increase in my health insurance cost. Then there will be a raise in Medicare benefit cost too I suppose. And of course all the other costs included in the CPI or not. Sad.

  45. The people not have idea of nothing, they no go the grocery store, they no go the gas station, they no paid one cent for nothing, but us the working retired poor we has to paid for everiting naw 2% that money is no for us that money go directly to Medicare and we no recibed nothing . 2% keep ? that is very, very cheap .

  46. @Sablee: sorry, you’re wrong. Though the Republican health care debacle didn’t pass – yet – the 2018 budget just passed by the GOO majority Senate EMIMINATES Medicaid, after a 2-year periodic “winding down,” starting with a $2 trillion cut. Read the actual bill, see for yourself, at congress.gov.

  47. Noted for 2018 there is coming a 2% increase in SS benefits yet I am unable to find the 2018 Part B monthly Medicare premium – same, increase or decrease? Currently is $111.

  48. 2% is not doing it for seniors , try shopping see how for $50.00 goes. we need at lest 3 or 4% I hope Medicare does not eat any up. The system that is used out dated years ago. I would like to see is a standard % hence forth.

    • Hi Ron. If you are referring to a benefit verification letter, we have good news! You can view, print, and save your benefit verification letter using my Social Security online. To get your verification letter, set up a my Social Security account if you don’t have one already. Thanks!

  49. What will the monthly medicare premiums be in 2018?
    I have not had any luck finding that information on any web site.
    L. Caskaddon
    10-27-17
    10:48 AM

  50. I have been unable to find the cost of monthly medicare premiums to be deducted from my social security earnings. Can you tell me what the monthly premium will be?
    Janie Louise Caskaddon
    10-29-17

  51. I just applied for SS and will receive my first payment in February, 2018 (Effective January so first payment will be February). Will I receive the 2% increase also or will I be getting only what I was told in my acceptance letter?

  52. Like always this only BENEFITS the people who get their premiums paid by the state. Every time we get a raise our premiums on Medicare go up the same amount. So where do we really get a raise?????

    • Hi Bette, if you are referring to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018, those notices are expected to be mailed in December. Thanks!

  53. When will my wife and I receive our 2018 social security benefit award letters? We need to send copies for Medicare Part B reimbursement. Thank you.

    • Hi William, if you are referring to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018, those notices are expected to be mailed in December. Thanks!

  54. I. Receive. Only .713.00.a month. Well Medicare decided to jerk 402.00. Which left me with 311.00 for the month of November. How in the hell do they expect me to make! In not making it at all . I con not even pay my rent utility bills my phone . Nothing. In 61 years old . I don’t know what to do about this . Their is suppose to b help but where is it.

    • Hi Connie, if you are referring to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018, those notices are expected to be mailed in December. Thanks!

  55. I need to know what my husband’s monthly social security payment will be next year to apply for health care through Obamacare by 12/15. How can I find this out?

    • Hi Lorraine. Generally, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for the following year, are mailed during the month of December. Your husband can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) for further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks!

  56. We who are living on social security are really struggling to keep afloat.Its been along time since we have had an increase to help us.Years ago President Johnson took our money that we earned and used it for something not benefiting us ,since then we have had to live on a pittance offered each year.Its our money,why can’t the government give us a decent increase.

  57. Why even bother giving a cost of living if you turn around and raise the premiums the same amount??This is.a way to justify the increase. Quit playing games and just same what you really mean We want to increase what we pay for our premiums. Quit beating around the bush

  58. I just applied for ss and received a letter stating that my first payment would be in February 2018. Will I receive the 2% increase over the amount stated in my acceptance letter or am I locked in to the amount in my letter?

  59. I have been on disability for 8 years it nearly pays my bills.i was told i could collect on my husbands ss even if he is not collecting vould help me get higher amount.how do i do this. Did not see form online

    Sheryl

  60. something needs to happen to get social security benefits for seniors a one time cost of living raise to catch up what has been taken away from them over the past years, congress should introduce the bill, at once, there has not been a good raise giving out for social security in over a decade ????

  61. I received my award letter for social security to start in Feb 2018 . It doesn’t show the increase does that show as a separate amount on my statement

    • Thomas, your question is more complex than we can address in this forum. Please call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and speak to one of our representatives, he or she will be able to answer your questions. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks!

  62. At 74 still working and am to receive $ from a class action lawsuit going on for about 5 yrs. To receive $6,000 in dec and 10,000 more in 2018
    How would effect my ss benefits ?
    Is this $ CONSIDERED INCOME?
    RICH HOSTETTER

    • Thank you for your question, Richard. Regular retirement benefits are based on your previous years of work, your past earnings and are not subject to income and resource limits. Some people have to pay federal income taxes on their Social Security benefits. This usually happens only if you have other substantial income (such as wages, self-employment, interest, dividends and other taxable income that must be reported on your tax return) in addition to your benefits. For further income tax questions, you will need to contact the IRS. Their toll-free number is 1-800-829-1040. We hope this information helps.

    • Thanks for your question. If you’re referring to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices, those letters usually are mailed during the month of December.

  63. Why am I taxed on a tax, e.g., Social Security payroll tax? For 45 years, I was taxed up to 7.5% of my income for Social Security and now I’m taxed AGAIN on the tax I’ve already paid. Why?

    • Hi Carol, some people have to pay federal income taxes on their Social Security benefits. This usually happens only if you have other substantial income (such as wages, self-employment, interest, dividends and other taxable income that must be reported on your tax return) in addition to your benefits. For further income tax questions, you will need to contact the IRS. Their toll-free number is 1-800-829-1040.

  64. Yes we get a small raise but doing so we loose the same amounts from food stamps and othe benifit so in the end we gain nothing. .May look good what you say but it’s just words on paper…People work there while lives to retire to loose all. People on SSDI and SSI should get least minimum wage …Do not blame us if we are not able to work do to sicknesses or old age. We freeze in winter do to no heat. Time the government steps up help your people..We send billions over seas we never get it back .Am I the only one that thinks the government cares more for foreign countries then there on peoplem

  65. If a U>S> citizen is married to a none american resident who worked in U.S. for a period of time and then leave USA to his original country without having a legal separation ,and the American Citizen get sick and unable to works,will he/she will qualify to receives SS benefits if the married have last more than ten years.?

    • Hi, Julio. We pay disability benefits to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. No benefits are payable for partial disability or short-term disability.
      We pay disability benefits through two programs: the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program and the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. SSI is a needs-based program that provides cash assistance to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. Also, SSI benefits are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities, who meet the financial limits.
      When it comes to qualifying for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Income or SSDI program, individuals must have worked long enough–and recently enough–under Social Security to qualify for disability benefits. Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which you have to earn within the last 10 years before you become disabled. If you have specific questions about your situation, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and ask one of our representatives to assist you. Thanks.

    • Hi! Thanks for your question. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are expected to be mailed during the month of December.

    • Hi Dave! The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are expected to be mailed during the month of December. Thanks.

  66. Have the statements been sent to individuals receiving Social Security benefits which state how much will be received by the individual in 2018 and how much the Medicare cost will be in 2018?

    • Hi Jean. Thanks for your question. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are expected to be mailed during the month of December.
      Information about Medicare changes for 2018, when announced, will be available at http://www.medicare.gov. Thanks!

  67. I am semi-retired but still work part-time. I retired at age 62 and my full retirement age will be 66. I will turn 64 in March. I understand I started my benefits before full retirement but it doesn’t make sense to limit my part time earnings to a mere $17,040.00 a year. If I plan to continue working for 4 more years and was able to earn more, I’d still be capped at the lower premium but generate more earnings back into the pool. Especially being in the baby boomer age bracket where so many. Limiting early retirees doesn’t make sense because in the long run the difference if I had waited is under $10K and took the higher amount. You allow a full aged retiree to earn almost 3 times that amount and they get that extra part time 45K and their highest benefit??? Some retire early because laid off at age 60 and no one wants to hire older folks- that is what happened to me. Not to mention it ends when a person dies, so no one really knows how much time they have left. What happens to a spouse who dies before retirement but paid in 30 years- who benefits from all his earnings? Certainly not his family if children are 18 or older. That money just goes to others who never worked??? I’ve worked 49 years and counting.

  68. Neither I nor my husband received our usual letter explaining next year’s benefit amount for our retirement Social Security.

    • Hi Loretta. If you referring to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018, these letters are mailed during the month of December. Thanks!

  69. I don’t understand why a 2% increase resulted in a reduction of $110.00 in net pay. I received a letter trying to explain but I still could not figure out the reason for the decrease.

  70. I’ve continued working to increase benefit. Found I’ve been punished for working hard, paying taxes, etc., by having my medicare cost increased (approx. +50%) and my check decreased by $45+, 2% raise notwithstanding.

    • YOU GOT IT. READ MY POSTS. TELLS IT ALL. WE ARE THE UNWANTED BURDEN OF THE RICH. GOV SPENT OUR MONEY WE PAID IN SO NOW WE HAVE TO BE ELIMINATED IN A VERY CLEAR GENOCIDE AGENDA. THAT IS VERY CLEAR. BUT WAIT! READ THE SITE AS IT MENTIONS THAT SOC SEC WILL NOT BE CUT NOW. WHEN? IF ENOUGH DO NOT DOE IN THE STREET THEN THE CUT?? INEVITABLE? YEP I CAN CUT NO MORE FROM MY EXPENSES. OLD CAR MFG HOME WIT MORTGAGE WATER ELE INSURANCES NO FRILL TO CUT. NO HOME PHONE EVEN THAT WAS CUT LAST YEAR, PRAY FOR SLL OF US AND THOSE WHO CARRY THIS OUT ARE LOST FOREVER. NO ONE GIVES A DAMN. THIS TRICK OF A RAISE ENGINEERD SO WELL TO CUT OUT QMB THAT WAS LAST DONE ABOUT 20 YRS AGO TO GET RID OF MILLIONS OF US FROM THE ABILITY TO LIVE LIKE NORMAL HUMANS. EXCEPT OF COURSE NOT IF YOIU WERE HAVING BAVBIES EVERY 2 YEARS, AND NO HUSBAND, AND THEN YOU ARE SET.

  71. Have received my statement ,, but have misplaced or thrown it out. It is the statement explaining the benefits for 2018. My husband has received his statement. I would like to have a duplicate for myself.

    • REALLY??? I HAVE NOT GOTTEN ANY LETTER ABOUT MY BENFITS FOR 2018. IMAGINE THAT. AS USUAL MAIL LOST OR IN SOMEONE ELSE’S HOUSE. GO FIGURE. HOW MUCH IS THE DED UP TO NOW? $500?? $1000??? may as well just not have medicare. then can go on welfare? too bad cannot have children anymore. that is the money maker in this country. then you get tons of money. after hurricane they got $1500 or $1700 imagine. that. that was jsut for more food…. who knows what more they got in cash.

  72. I have noticed that I will get an increase COLA for 2018. But I also see the medicare premium is going up. I was not notified of the premium increase, should I get a letter about this? Why?

    • MAKE A DOLLAR THEN YOU SPEND $100 MORE. ADD IT ALL UP. EACH YEAR GO IN THE RED MORE AND MORE. BUT NO MORE TO CUT, ONLY CRITICAL LIVING EXPENSES LEFT TO PAY WHICH ARE NOW UNABLE TO GET PAID. NO ELECTRIC.. CAN LIVE LIKE THAT?

  73. So why didn’t you address the drastic increases in the IRMAA premiums for Medicare Part B & D, which more than offset any small increase in the SS benefit?

  74. I am a resident of Nevada, not Arizona any longer. I was living there for one year and moved back to Nevada in 2015.

  75. You are sending out letters for changes in monthly medicare premiums for 2018, but I can’t find those premiums on the website. The premiums should be based on the tax return year used so we can accurately plan whether to file “married filing separate” or married filing joint”.

  76. I need to see my 2018 benefits. I did not receive your statement in the main before my birthday. I need it to apply for other benefits. thank you

    • Hi Sylvia! The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are expected to be mailed during the month of December, so please continue to look out for it in the mail. Thanks.

  77. I am a bit confused. I turned 66 in Nov 2017. Is there a limit I can earn without being penalized if I start drawing benefits. I read that the limit for people turning “full” retirement age in 2018 will increase to $45,360. I earn $75.000 per year and want to draw ss and continue working

    • Hi James! If You Were Born Between 1943 And 1954, your full retirement age is 66. If you reach your full retirement age in 2017, the limit on your earnings -before the month you reach your full retirement age- is $44,880. If you work and are full retirement age or older, the amount you make at work will not affect your Social Security benefits, no matter how much you earn. Please read our publication “How Work Affects Your Benefits” for more information. Thanks!

      • I applied for benefits beginning in Dec 2017. I did not know at that time I would be penalized for my earnings for the first ten or eleven months of the year. That in mind, I made about $60,000 in the first ten months of the year or $66,000 in the first 11 months.. Losing $1 for every three earned would cost me $5000 to $7,000 in benefits. Could I delay my benefits until Jan 2018 and avoid this penalty?

  78. When will we receive our 2018 award letter for social security ? and I was on disability do I have to come there and change to SS.. I turn 65 in May 2018… Why give a raise when you take it all we cannot even afford cat food any more to replace human food

    • Hi Rita. First, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are expected to be mailed during the month of December. Also, when you reach full retirement age, we will automatically convert your disability benefits to retirement benefits, you don’t have to visit the local office. Full retirement age had been 65 for many years. However, beginning with people born in 1938 or later, that age gradually increases until it reaches 67 for people born after 1959. If you have more questions, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and speak with one of our representatives. Thanks.

  79. I usually receive my form BNC#:15B1071D10921 “Your Benefit Amount” in November. As of Dec 2, 2017, I have not received it. I tried a search but got nothing.

    • Hi Robert, if you’re referring to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018, these letters are mailed during the month of December. Thanks!

  80. I need a copy of the 2018 social security benefit award letter that is sent out yearly .Have not gotten it yet I need it to satisfy a requirement to Tower Watson’s one exchange for a monthly reimbursement to my checking account

    • Hi Robert, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. Thanks!

  81. Hmmmm. It must be a mistake. My local office of
    Soc. Sec. said my increase for 2018 is only
    30 cents (Really) I have it in black & white.
    I don’t see the 2% that is promised.
    I think I’ll re-visit them next week.

    • Hi Marlene, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. Thanks!

  82. The lead question for this answer was “When will my wife and I receive our 2018 Benefits Award Letter”. That was not answered here, So: the question remains: when will my wife an I receive our 2018 benefits award letter?

    • Hi Barry, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. If you need further assistant, please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will experience a shorter wait-time if you call later in the week. Thanks!

  83. I’m trying to find out when I will receive the 2018 Benefit Awards Letter. I need it to apply for compensation available to me thru my former employer. As of 12/4/2017 I have NOT received the 2018 Benefit Awards letter.

    • Thanks for your question, Bernard. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December.

  84. WHY DO MY MEDICARE PREMIUMS KEEP INCREASING TO MATCH THE SUPPOSEDLY INCREASE IN MY SS. THIS HAPPENED IN 2017 AND NOW WILL HAPPEN IN 2018. WHY THE DECEPTION. EITHER GIVE US A RAISE OR NOT.

    • All the talk you hear is about the raise that we will get on our SS checks. No mention at all about the raise in our Medicare premium, which is mysteriously the exact to the penny amount of the SS raise. Who do they think they are kidding?

    • Hi Mary. 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 and answer your questions about this matter. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. You will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Thanks.

    • 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 and your husband with an explanation and answer your questions. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. You will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks.

  85. I received my 2018 benefit report today. My amount only went up 3.00. It should have been at least 25.00. How can this be rectified ?

    • Hi Kathy. Unfortunately, for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records via this blog. You may contact us and request a review of your records. You can call us at our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. You will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks.

  86. For the past two years I’ve gotten the letter from SS saying that I got a raise but my monthly check has not changed one dime. Why?

    • Hi Shari! For 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 and speak to one of our agents. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. You will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Hope this helps!

  87. I thought people on Social Security were supposed to get a 2% increase starting in January 2018. My wife and I received our notification statements today and I am only getting less than 1% and my wife nothing. Why??

  88. I received my social security benefits estimate for 2018 noting an increase. However, my amount is the same as 2017. Why is that. Please answer. Thank you.

    Clara Ferrante

    • Hi Clara. 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 and speak to one of our agents. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will experience a shorter wait time if you call later in the week. Thanks!

  89. I’m confused, I received a statement in the mail from Social Security showing a 2% increase in benefits. However it looks like Medicare medical insurance also
    increased, but more than 2%. The monthly benefit
    stayed the same. Is the Medicare Medical Insurance the
    same for everyone? Why did the Medicare Medical Insurance go up more than 2%. Thank you,
    Sara Blansett

  90. I am trying to help my mother figure out if she is losing benefits. My father passed away last year so she get his Benefits now which are more than hers. She also pays monthly for Plan F through United health Care. Her monthly income is about 1780.00 My questions is she losing prescription drug coverage with Medicare? Does she have to buy another supplemental plan for prescriptions?

    • Hi Teresa. Please contact Medicare directly, to obtain information in regards to health plans and medical coverage. Their telephone number is 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Thanks!

  91. When will we receive the 2018 New Benefit Amount Letter? The letter that tells us “How Much Will I Get And When”? The monthly amount less Medicare medical insurance and the Net balance .

    Please advise…thank you,

    • Thanks for your question. If you’re referring to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018, these letters are mailed during the month of December.

  92. How can anyone say SS got a raise, when it all went to pay for Medicare. I don’t call that a raise . It was a swap
    taking away from one thing and giving to another.
    Robbing the People to pay more to the Government .
    Is this what is going to happen to the TAX BILL. we. the People will be getting less and someone else will be getting more

  93. I just received my benefit letter. I’m on disability and it states that I will received a 2.0% increase however the increase all went into my medicare deduction and not in my pocket. There might be increases but not to benefit those on a tight budget. I haven’t seen an increase in my month end in 3 years!!

  94. It is amazing how you start out with sounding so concerned about the cost of living going up for us and you want to help us. But You are all jerks and my congress men and women will hear too. Don’t put that kind of spin on it when you are going to take every penny of the increase for medicare. Did you happen to realize that our supplements would most likely go up too. I have had to take from savings every year for the increases that are beyond my own choices. I worked my duff off for years and paid in more money then I will ever see from you all. And I still pay hundreds of dollars in taxes. You can say all you want but you only care about pleasing the upper ups. That is a sad lot for who we are as a country. We are a sad mess and not a light on the hill for anyone in this world. May Jesus Christ come! He was not a doormat and I am not either!

  95. I was under the impression that our Social Security benefits would increase in 2018 2%. Just received my statement and I get no raise and the same as I have making for the last few year’s. This is absolutely terrible for those who
    only have Social Securty for an income.

  96. I can’t find how much of that 2.2% increase I get to spend as CASH and what percent is taken out for Medicare increase. That appears to be kept silent.

  97. I received a 2 dollar raise. Just How am I going to live on a 2 dollar raise. Why did medicare go up 25 dollars..
    I thought president trip said medicare would not go up. I started working wham I was 15 years old and medicare was taken out all this time.

    • Hi Helen, we do not have access to personal records, 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. You will generally have a shorter wait time if you call later in the day, or later in the week. Thanks.

    • Hi Meera. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, and ask one of our agents to assist you. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

  98. why don’t we get an increase in our SS benifits this year? I thought we were to get a $27.00 raise in 2018. What happened to it? Who is getting all the raises? Goverment employees so we can live in the poverty level?

  99. Also, I looked up what was supposed to be the increase but seems like that was a misprint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  100. my 2018 s.s. information shows the deduction for insurance as 134. Last year I paid only 109. Is that 20+ %
    increase correct ? I have the same income for 2018 as last year. Please explain, or correct. Thank you. EDR.

    • Hi Elisabeth. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. One of our agents should be able to answer your questions about this matter. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

      • Why can’t you give us an answer? We all have the same problem. Medicare increase took our raise. Our property tax alone is increasing more than my raise, before Medicare took it. You call that a raise.

  101. I just received my new social security amount of 1062.00 and medicare medical insurance of 129.00 for 2018. I don,t agree with the medicare B amount of 129.00 I thought it would be 109.00??

    • Hi Alvin, please visit see Medicare’s web page: 2017 & 2018 costs at a glance for information on Medicare Part B premiums. Call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 if you need further assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

  102. I didn’t sign up for Medicare when I first received my benefits ….I have I
    M
    Health insurance through my employment retirement. I need to know if I’m required to do so and if so what are my premiums

  103. the 2018 benefit amount for maria talerico ssn*** – ** – ****is wrong—–her final payment is $704.70—–that is the SAME AMOUNT AS IT WAS LAST YEAR—–it should be 2% Molre or close to it! Please Reply ASAP

    • Hello Sybil. You may contact us and request a review of your records. Please keep in mind that when you qualify for Social Security benefits on your own record, we pay that amount first. But if you also qualify for a higher amount as a spouse later on, you’ll get a combination of benefits that equals that higher amount. Also keep in mind that your benefit as a spouse can be equal to one-half of your husband’s full retirement amount only if you start receiving those benefits at your full retirement age.
      Visit our Retirement Planner: Benefits For You As A Spouse for more information. Thanks!

  104. I did not receive the new benefit amount letter in the mail. My husband received his a week ago. How do I figure it so I know how much I will be getting?

    • Thanks for contacting us, Bonita. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. You can 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.
      Also, see “What You Can Do Online” Thanks!

    • Thank you for your question, Phillip. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. You can 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.

  105. If I received $19,222.80 then paid $1,258.80 for Medicare last year for social security Benefit what should I receive this year

  106. so much for my increase. Its disgusting that this government takes any increase you may receive,and increase in my medicare. this government should be ashamed of the way it treats its seniors.

  107. I have been receiving $1664.00 per month. My increase is $12.00…is that a 2% increase??? My wife gets NO INCREASE????

  108. I recently recieved a letter telling me of changes. The increase. And a decreace. I don’t understand why I was decreased to 509.00 a mo the. What’s the reason.

  109. I have not received my benefit amount letter for the year 2018. My wife has already received hers with the cola adjustment

    • Hi Ramnik. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. Also, 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”. Or you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives area available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

  110. My husband has not received his 2018 Benefit letter and I received mine last week. I am afraid it was place in the mailbox next door and if it was he will,never see it.is there anyway you can help me. My name is Elizabeth B. High and my husband’s name is Benjamin Higjh

  111. are the statements for benefits and medicare withholding amounts being mailed out to all? If yes when, as we’ve not received ours, but a cousin has received his… and I need the mailing

    • Hi Myrna, if you’re referring to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018, these letters are mailed during the month of December. Thanks!

  112. When can I expect the statement with the new benefit amount for 2018? I usually have received it by now. Plus I worked part time in 2016 and 2017 and contributed to Social Security. Thank you.

    • Thanks for your question, Elaine. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December.
      Also, 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”. Or you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives area available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

    • Thanks for your question, Jennell. The 2.0 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to Social Security beneficiaries in January 2018.

  113. Didn’t get 2% increase it looks like it was used to pay medicare benefit. Medicare cost was increased by the 2%. So senior citizens do not get increase to help with their cost of living.????????

    • Hello Jim! If you’re referring to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018, these letters are mailed during the month of December. Thanks.

  114. For the first time, my husband and I have not received a notice regarding the amount of increase for our social security in 2018. We have always received an update each year whether there was a change or not.

    • The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. Thanks!

  115. 2% is not even on a par with cost of living increases. Added with the increase in Medicare part B costs, it’s less than 2%. Sad state of affairs for the vast majority of people who paid into SS.

  116. There may be a 2% increase. I got my letter today. Didn’t do any good, the increase was the exact amount as how much they raised the Part B Premium… No help at all……

  117. i just got a copy earning from soc security if it is right in stead of income raise looks like i will be getting lest i am paying out now for sulpment to help$219 ..16 tohelp out with medical bills i have work to i am 82 if i could work but i can.nt it looks like getting a cut instead of cost of living please look into thank you.

  118. Why have I not received how much of a raise I will get for 2018.my husband got his statement on Monday, today is Saturday?

    • Hi Rosemary, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December.

  119. How much of that is going to get sucked up by Medicare payment increases (you know, like happened last year when COLA & Medicare increases equalled one another)?

  120. No raise in benefits for 2016 then in 2017 I got a $1 raise from $545 to $546, but they raised the cost of Medicare insurance $1 also, so there I was with no beneficial raise.
    Now, I received notice yesterday that I would get a raise of $11 this year from $546 to $557. And wouldn’t you know it, they raised the cost of my medicare insurance $11 from $106 to $117. Cost of living raise is a joke, if they are going to raise the medicare insurance costm, every time I get a small ss raise.
    And I am supposed to live on this? Donald trump is a Schmuck!!!

  121. My benefit that I received after deductions in 2017 was $572. The letter I received from Social Security says that I get a 2% increase in 2018 and tells me that my benefits on or about January 10, 2018 will be $572. Where is there a 2% increase from $572 a month in 2017 to $572 a month in 2018. Please explain this to me.

  122. COLA is 2% Medical costs went up more that that. Medicare went up 2%. Is this Trump’s was of MAGA and job creating? Kill off all of the old and disabled people. If you are NOT RICH, America is not longer for you. I used to be a Republican but not anymore, not since they went so far to the right and lock step behind The Donald and everything he wants. I guess it is like the working animals in Orwell’s Animal Farm, retirement is no longer an option.

    • Hi Beth. For security reasons, we do not have access to personal records via this blog. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, 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 in the week. Thanks.

    • Hi Frank. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December.
      Also, 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”. Or you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives area available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

  123. Why did my Medicare Part B go up to $134.00 from $109.00. I thought I was covered by the “forgiveness” thing? I’m 79 and will be 80 in January. Three times in the last several years we didn’t get a COLA. In 2016 we didn’t get one and for 2017 I didn’t get one either. The increase in my Part B or D ate up the small increase I got, so my Social Security check was exactly the same, right to the penny, as it was the year before. So, in the last 3 years, my Social Security check will have gone up by $8.00 in January. My AARP Healthcare Supplemental Insurance goes up more than that per month every year. There is no way we can keep up with the cost of living at this rate. We pay for the governments BIG wages and benefits, but they can’t take care of us? I doubt if I’ll get a reply from anyone. This is probably just a site for us to vent and maybe suppose to feel better. Fat chance of that happening.

  124. I thought there was a rule that prevents medicare premiums from cutting into SS benefits.
    My new Medicare prem. is $134.00, last year it was $110.
    My ss increase for 2018 is $38.00, my medicare increase
    is $24.00..Leaving me a $10.00 increase or .05% increase
    Is this correct? I would appreciation of the law on this matter. victor bromberg: Vbromberg1@cox.net
    SS#*** – ** – ****

  125. Why can’t the SS office be honest with us. My wife just got her statement of what she will receive – it is just exactly the same as she received actually 2 years ago – you have just taken the 2% increase and hiked the medicare holding by the 2% she (and all of us) was to receive. No one will receive a cent of additional buying power in spite of what your claim is. At least tell everyone how they are going to get screwed by the SS once again.

  126. My husband and I both received our SS 2% increase letters last week. He received an increase…I didn’t and am wondering why? I thought everyone got an increase?

  127. Needing answers….My mom did not receive 2% income increase and neither did my husband. She only received $1 over last year and my husband only received 1/2 what he should have. Has there been a mistake in calculation? I also know of another person that did not get a raise at all. I thought this was 2% across the board.

  128. I now am have reseved S.S.D. for last 9 years I have been told I will never work I have apployed for a F.H.A. loan to buy the home I live in. They asmed me today for a paper to prove I will get my s.s.d. and widow pension cks for next 3 yrs do I ask social sercity for this????

  129. yes they say were getting an increase in our ssi but then why are they rising the cost of medicare and then we end up with nothing i don,t understand all of this

  130. My notice of a 2% increase shows a net increase of $5, or just .32% from my current amount! My wife, who should get half of my amount, is getting $22 more than half, with Medicare at $122 ($12 less than mine), for a net of the same $661 she currently gets. ?????

  131. I’ve been searching for the correct information on what my Part B premium will be in 2018. Medicare has only general information and refers caller to SSA. The local office doesn’t seem to have or be able to find the answer. And it certainly isn’t on this website. I’m on hold right now and have been for 30 minutes. It really should not be this difficult to find an answer to that simple question.

  132. I did not receive my raise. My medicare insurance rose from $!09 to $125. Why no 2% raise for me but 2% raise in insurance.

  133. ‘This may help someone wondering why they didn’t get a 2% raise. Look at last year’s statement to see what you paid per month for Medicare Part B. If it was less than $134 a month, they are keeping the raise to cover what you didn’t pay.. I talked with a representative. Example: My mom should have gotten $25. She only paid $110 for Medicare Part B each month last year.So they are taking $24 to make up the difference leaving her with a $1 raise. I asked why she wasn’t paying the $134, and for some reason that has left my mind, they weren’t allowed to go up, but now they are taking it out of the raise. My husband didn’t get his full amount either. He was supposed to get $39, but they are keeping $24 leaving him a raise of $15. He wasn’t paying $134 either. I have only been on Medicare for 2 months, so got my full raise. I have been charged and paying $134. So my question now is ….at the end of 2018 when Medicare is paid back, will the $24 come back to them in 2019?

  134. When will we receive information about our social security for 2018. with holding tax, part “B” payment etc. in the mail

    thank you

  135. I have not received my notice of new benefit amount for 2018. My friends and family have received this information. Please advise

  136. I thought when we get the increase in ss for 2018 — there would not be an increase in Medicare — well that was not a true statement – mdicare took $ 24.00 from my increase – leaving me with $6.00 raise. I was so disappointed I have included that in crease in my 2018 budget. Sad, sad, sad.

  137. why did they put two thirds of my increase in to Medicare medical insurance part B premiums for I thought the law prevents Medicare premiums from cutting into Socials Security benefits.

    • Hi Gloria. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot answer your question. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
      Just a reminder – Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. Thanks!

  138. My statement from the SSA showing my new benefit amount was glued together. I cannot read the numbers. How can I get a copy of this statement from your website?

  139. You may be raising Social Securities checks 2% but no Onassis that the Medicare was going to raised $20 ….. That makes my check for the second year in a row still $877 a month. My rents going go $10 more and I get no raise, great…. Not that any of you care

  140. I was told that cost of living will increase 2.0 I was thrilled until most of it goes to medicare which I was not happy…why cost so much and took most of my cost of living to medicare….why cant just take half instead of almost whole amount and seems like mine remains the almost the same in year of 2018…does not help cost of living like food, gas etc….please explain to me why??? …thank you for your time

  141. I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY 2018 SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT UP DATE IN THE MAIL FOR 2018 EDWARD STEINBUCH IM 82 YEARS OLD ADDRESS 1852 BIG CRANE LOOP PORT ORANGE FL
    THANK YOU EDWARD STEINBUCH

    • The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. Remember, you can request a benefit verification letter online by using your personal “my Social Security account”.
      Just a reminder – We do not have access to personal information. Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. Thanks!

  142. I received “YOUR NEW BENEFIT AMOUNT” that stated that every one got a cost of living of 2%. But the amount that I will receive is the same amount that received for the year 2017 why is that.

    • Hi James. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. Remember, you can request a benefit verification letter online by using your personal “my Social Security account”. Thanks!

  143. You say you gave us a 2 percent increase but all that was taken away by Medicare. I thought that there is a law that states you cannot increase Medicare in this manner. My wife received no increase and I received $2.00 more a month. What government gives it takes away in this case and our standard of living goes down not up. Mean time all government employees and Congress members do far better every year. Not good.

  144. In 2016 my SS payment was $614 per month after Medicare medical insurance was deducted. In 2018 I will get less per month ($604) because the Medicare medical insurance deduction has gone up to $134 per month. Nothing I can do about getting less per month. The 2% cost of living should be added after deductions. I feel this is very unfair. I do not qualify for any other government programs.

  145. My Benefit letter said my benefits will increase by 2.0% in 2018, but new amount stated is the same as current amount I receive

  146. If you don’t tell the WHOLE TRUTH it’s FAKE NEWS.
    I just got my notice from Social Security regarding the 2018 increase. However, they took the ENTIRE increase back for the increase in Medicare premium.
    My SS checks for in 2017 gave an increase of 0.3 %
    increase, and they they took it ALL back for Medicare.
    So no increase in my check.
    In 2016 – 0% increase.
    In 2015 the SS increase was 1.7% with an increase in Medicare that made my net gain 0.
    Since 2007 (11years) my total gain has been $163.80,
    or an average of $14.90 a year. It never even began to cover just my health insurance premium increases.
    So we Seniorshave been falling back in buying power every year.
    YOY SHOULD TELL THE WHOLE TRUTH.

  147. I thought I read there would not be an increase in Medicare. Mine increased from $110 to $134 nearly wiping out my 2% increase. Is this accurate or an error?

  148. I just got my 2018 SS Benefit Letter which clearly stated I’m getting the same amount into my account in January 2018 (as was 2017), but my MEDICARE amount has increased. So there’s where my 2% went, right? The Gov’t will get you every time. There’s no free lunches my friends; we all should’ve had a personal retirement account to SUPPLEMENT our SS! We can just blame us. The Gov’t is not here to be our Nanny! #SHOULDHAVEBEENSMARTER

  149. AARP made a statement in their December 2017 flyer that, “if you are on Medicare and collecting Social Security (which pays your Part B premiums) you’ll likely pay $109 a month for 2018 because of a law that prevents Medicare premiums from cutting into Social Security benefits.” Well I am on Medicare and Social Security, and my monthly premium went to $134 which gave me a $2 a month raise….. Apparently AARP doesn’t know what they are talking about.

  150. How great is this?? A 2.1 % raise in SS and a
    2 % raise in Medicare Premiums and leaves me with a 0.01 % raise. Some changes need to be made. This system is not working.

  151. My husband and myself received our Social Security letter today for next year 2018, and we thought we would be getting a 2.0 % raise. It did not happen as it stated we are getting the same amount that we have been getting the last few years. Will there be another letter coming showing us the 2.0 % increase?

  152. The. Letter I received. From social security. Indicates. No. Increase in. My benefit. My husband shows. Nine dollars. His benefit. Increase should. Be thirty. Three. At. Two percent increase. Where is. The increase

  153. This raise is a lie. We are getting nothing. They raised mine $25 dollars and raised the part B $25. dollars so we are getting nothing. I thought there was a law saying the that prevents medicare premiums from cutting into social security benefits. My SS was raise to $1270 from $1245 and my Part B was raised to $134.00 from $109. So they raised my social security $25 dollars and then took it a was on part B.

    • Hi Judith. When there is an increase in the Medicare Part B premium, a statutory “hold harmless” provision protects approximately 70 percent of Medicare Part B enrollees from paying a higher Part B premium to avoid reducing their net Social Security benefit. Enrollees not protected include higher income individuals subject to an income-adjusted Part B premium and beneficiaries newly entitled to Part B in 2018. Additionally, enrollees who have their Medicare Part B premiums paid by state Medicaid agencies will see no change in their Social Security benefit. The state will pay any Medicare Part B premium increase.
      See Medicare 2017 & 2018 costs at a glance for more information. Thanks!

    • Hi Kenneth. 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. You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, and speak to one of our agents. Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  154. My new benefit for 2018 with 2% increase, will not change–why. what is amount deducted in 2018 for medicare medical insurance

    • Hi Lllian. 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 answer your question. You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for assistance. Thanks!

  155. All I want to know is why I did not receive a statement this year explaining the amount I will receive in Jan of 2018 after my tax withholding and Medicare payment. Normally I have it by now. Was it lost in the mail or is it delayed this year?

  156. AARP stated law prevents Medicare premiums from cutting into Soc Security benefits, but mine is being increased from $109 to $134 month?

  157. I am an 82 year old widow of four months and losing my husband to sudden death has been shocking/overwhelming. Since his death in August I have been to Enid Social Security office 5 times in regard to the ‘processing’ financial change in benefits with no results. What can I do to get prompt results to this situation or to talk to?

    • Andina: Call your State government. I started there today when checking to see if I could drop supplemental without penalty. If you can respond and feel okay to just leave your state, I’ll dig around for someone to help you. I’m a retired computer person, so am used to digging around. I’ll bookmark this page and will check periodically to see if you’re okay and if you’d like my help.

    • We are sorry for your loss and we apologize for any inconveniences you may be experiencing, Andina. Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please continue working with your local office. You can request to speak with the manager to see how we can help to expedite resolution of your situation. If you are unable to visit the local office, you can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

  158. SS is going up 2% = nothing in 2018. In the meantime, I’m on SSDI and paying supplemental through my nose. I’ve done enough research to finally understand I can drop supplemental when I want without penalty. It’s just not worth it. THIS is going to be another fallout to the GOP’s donor tax decrease (the #GOPTaxScam). And so our country continues to go down the tubes. Health be damned.

  159. I got my 2018 benefits form recently and it showed no increase in the final amount – it is the same as last year even though the printed matter stated that there would be a 2% increase. Is the benefit form incorrect?

    • You will have to speak to one of our representatives, Mary. 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, Monday to Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks!

  160. Why don’t you say at the same time that any increase in Social Security will be offset by an increase in Medicare Part B premiums?

    • Thanks for your question, Vivian. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December.

  161. I would like to know why I am not receiving the full 2 percent increase in my Social security check I am and was paying 134.00 per month for Medicare.

    • 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 and answer your questions about this matter. You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thanks.

    • Hi Robert. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. Thanks!

  162. First of all there has been no raise, as medicare was raised to take the entire amount.
    Secondly, there has been no raise for numerous years, except for the government employees and congress……………..so, shame on you. Who are you trying to fool? Certainly not the SS recipients. Sounds like typical government BS.

  163. why did my icrease go to medicar and no increase in my take home pay this is third yearin a row that my take home has increased

  164. My wife and I file as Married, filing jointly and had a very unusal income year in 2016 and therefore our Medicare Part B and Part D is extremely high in 2018. The unusual income was a commision received for consulting with a family about selling their business. It was a one time event and our income will be greatly reduced in 2017 and going forward into 2018 as I am semi-retiring. I there a posibility that the medicare costs can be reduced since our total income in 2017 will be les than $214,000.

  165. How come we get a cost of living increase. Medicare goes up. We do not get a penny more than last year! Getting tired of not having anything, go without meds! Can’t buy groceries on a regular basis, Thanks to the help from our church we can get by. So much for working 40 some years and not being able to enjoy out lives like I always thought we would as seniors!

  166. The COLA didn’t amount to much. 2% was the increase. I should have received $30 but only got $4.00 because of Medicare. I will be taxed on the $30, however. I know Medicare is wonderful insurance and I am grateful for it. However,I don’t think the COLA should show as 2%. Most people (myself included) were lucky to get $2-$4 month. Last year nothing. So anyone Social Security is way behind.

  167. I was under the impression that 2% COLA would be $29 more a month in my social security benefit; however, I received $4.00. The rest went to Medicare. Unfortunately, I will be taxed on the $29.00. The only people who saw 2% received Social Security benefit of less than $800 a month, I believe. I know insurance is expensive and I am grateful for Medicare but this is the 2nd year the COLA was taken away but we are taxed on the full COLA.

  168. I receive ss disability. Though cost of living money increased 2.0%, my monthly increase went up just $5. From 1,362 to 1,367. If Medicare cost went up then it hurts my cola.

  169. Disabled & selling primary ho e at 48000 profit. Wife who is disabled too both own if. Li ed hdfe 23 yes. Do we pay capital gains tax.
    Thanks
    Michelle

  170. Electric, garbage, food, gas, medications, auto insurance, and prophane have all increased…. So you want to say we’re getting a two percent raise, what bunch of BS. Then you raise the price of Medicare to take it all back my SS check has remained the same for the last three years. How is this fair??????

  171. We have not received forms detailing benefits for 2018; BNC# 16B1663C43863 was the form for 2017. Should we have received ours for 2018 by now?

    • Hi Margaret. If you’re referring to the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018, these letters are mailed during the month of December. Thanks!

    • Hi Patsy. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December.

    • Hi Elizabeth. Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 2.0 percent in 2018. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December.
      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 my Social Security account. Thanks!

  172. federal income taxes are paid on social security contributions and then again on retirement benefits received (double taxation). If president trump want to give the elderly a tax cut why not exempt social security benefits from federal income tax.

  173. You are quibbling about a lousy 2% social security increase while Trump is about to give his wealthy friends and donors 1.5 trillion dollars (yes trillions) in tax cuts that will paid for on the backs of the elderly. The republicans in congress were looking to raid social security and cut medicare benefits for a long time and now they have a president who is willing to help them. AARP is always asking for money to fight this but yet they show no results. Wake up people, let your voices be heard by contacting your senators and representatives.

    • Thanks for your question, Verna. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. Remember, 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 my Social Security account. Thanks!

  174. If the new tax bill is ratified, will all my SS be taxed or will I be able to use the benefits worksheet when doing my 1040 as before?
    I eFile but I still do a hard copy draft for myself every year.

    thanx.

  175. I did not receive a form “Your New Benefit Amount for the year 2018. I would like to know why not?

    Other folks I know got mail but I didn’t, mail or email, why?

    • Hello Uvaldo. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. 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 my Social Security account. Thanks!

  176. I don’t believe there should be a maximum earnings limit on Social Security deductions. if they would take off that limitation and everyone has to contribute to Social Security regardless if they earn a dollar or $5 million we will be able to reduce the amount of Social Security taken out of our wages for Social Security and there would be more than enough money to sustain Social Security forever.

  177. how can i find out how much the social security benefits will be as of begining in the new year? my wife received correspondence regarding the increase but as of dec. 15th i have not.

    • Hi Anthony, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. 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 my Social Security account. Thanks!

    • The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. Thanks!

    • Hi William, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December. Thanks!

  178. Beautiful Hog Wash! Amazing how the 2 percent COLA my wife received on her Social Security turned out to the exact amount Medicare raised her premiums. This left her with the same amount she had received when no increases were made in the COLA. Please tell me just how it helps benefit us in paying our bills when you take from one government pot and put in another?
    I have not received my statement yet but will not be surprised it is not much the same. Bunch of bureaucrats!

  179. I am going to receive the 2% increase in 2018, but the medical insurance deduction is increased by 22%, which leaves me with no extra money in my pocket at all.
    Does anyone else see this in their government notification?.

  180. We have not received our 2018 benefit information notice. Have they all been sent out? Everyone we know has already received theirs. Thank you.

  181. PATHETIC!!! Apparently the 2 % increase was mostly negated by Medicare costs. So essentially we only receive a Cost of Living increase of 0.45%. How does this amount to keeping up with inflation?

    I thought President Trump was better than this.

    • Hi Margaret! Thanks for your question. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2014 are mailed during the month of December, so please continue to look out for it in the mail. Thanks.

  182. Hello, I received my letter letting me know that I will receive a 2.0% cost of living rise. But when I look at the dollar amount that I am getting in 2017 and then in 2018 they are the same amount. So where did my cost of living raise go. I have received the same amount for 2-3 years now. Please help me understand why you say I will get an increase but never give it to me. I am barley making ends met now and with everything going up I will have to either buy medicine or have heat for the winter.

    • For security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 and speak to one of our agents. 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 in the week. Thanks.

    • For 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 in the week. Thanks.

  183. My Social Security benefit increased the 2%
    but my Medicare premium increased almost 24%, from $108 to $132. So I end up with no increase in the net amount I receive. Is this really correct?

    • Hi Suzanne, for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. You can 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 in the week. Thanks.

  184. According to the letter I received notifying me of the amount that I will be receiving in 2018 (social security) there is no increase. I understand there is a 2% increase , but my letter indicate that my monthly amount is the same as 2017 . Why?

  185. My letter that I received showing the 2% in social security increase for recipients for 2018 ,showed no increase at all on my lettter. Can you please explain why I didn’t get the 2% increase promised for 2018. Others that I know received the increase .. my letter indicated that mine would remain the same as 2017 . Why? Thank you.

  186. Give seniors a break (2%) raise is not enough! I really though President Trump was going to look out for the elderly! I am so disappointed in our government! Stop all the foreign and take care of Americans!

  187. I have not received my social security statement for 2018. What will be the dollar amount of my increase, and what will be amount withheld for part b medical?

    • o yes i believe i read somewhere cost of living has gone up 18% over the last several years. someone needs to check back several years . i do not think we have received our fair share.

    • Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, 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 in the week. Thanks.

  188. Why do I never get an increase on my social security benefits, can I pull from my husband social security his gross is 1484 .00and mine is717.00,I would appreciate a reply or I can call

    • You can call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, 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 in the week. Thanks.

    • Hi Rose. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December, so please continue to look out for it in the mail. Thanks.

  189. I have not rec’d my 2018 letter of New Benefit Amount. My spouse rec’d hers a few weeks ago and both of our letters usually arrived on the same day. How may I obtain my letter?

    • Hi Michael, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices for 2018 are mailed during the month of December, so please continue to look out for it in the mail. Thanks.

  190. yes I have a comment. My SSI is small at $1,078 a month. A 2% increase would be another $,21.56 which would help me out a lot. Do you know how much of that increase is being added to my check? nothing, probably because of an increase in the amount being taken out for my insurance cost.which I greatly need and am dependant on. and that’s the inflation that is eating me and other lower income people away. in 2018 my monthly check will be the same $1078. im sure the more well off people will get an increase, as always. So my comment to who ever send out these worthless statements should even bother a postcard saying F*** Y** .would do

  191. It is amazing that we only get a 2% increase in COLA and you basically wipe out our increase with a $25.00 per increase in Medicare Part B. Which in reality only gives a COLA increase of $5 per month.

  192. I just got my “New Benefit Amount” paperwork in the mail yesterday. I will not get to see any of that “HIKE”. My Medicare went up from $107.00 a month to $122.00. Took every penny of my RAISE! I will be getting the same thing next year as this year.

  193. I believe I just got censored, wouldn’t print my blog. To sum it up: Mr. Borland is only addressing the easy ones (that he says are good questions).The US government is corrupt, does anything it wants, when it wants. Getting out and voting is not going to change anything, when such outrageous acts such as lobbying acceptable and legal. (isn’t that like accepting bribes? (U scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours) and the need to dismantle the electoral college system, popular vote only, majority wins. election.

  194. Why have some people received their 2018 benefit letters and other haven’t. I even have friends where one member of the couple got their but the other didn’t. When are we going to get them?

  195. hi received my social security paper for 2018 said I got 2% raise, the money went to medicare, and I am not getting that raise, my friend said he got a raise, my husband never received his paper, and my sister and her husband, how come they say there is a raise cause of the cost of living, and I didn’t get my raise, help, linda

  196. I received my new social security statement in the mail for 2018. I know we are suppose to get a 2.0% increase but MINE is the SAME as it has been for years. WHY?/ MY FRIENDS GOT THE INCREASE.

  197. My question is whether the amount of my increase will be taken right out of my foodstamps. I haven’t received any increase in years because of that and the price of food has skyrocketed more than any time in my life!

    • We do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, 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 in the week. Thanks.

  198. I received a letter from social security last Friday showing my 2% raise, it showed that I will draw less this year than last year.w here is my raise.

    • Unfortunately, but for security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213, 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 in the week. Thanks.

  199. “Your new benefit amount” notification has not been received for 2018. My wife’s notification has been received.
    Thank you.
    Walter E Baggs *** – ** – ***

  200. Why is my Medicare B premium being increased to$134.00? I am 83 years old, I thought the premium was not supposed to increase. So my Social Security benefit will now increase by $1.00!

    Please respond.