138 thoughts on “Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • We are sorry to hear that you’re having difficulty accessing your my Social Security account, Kevin.
      If you are still having trouble accessing your account, please call our dedicated my Social Security—Hotline. To reach this hotline, please call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”. Sometimes you may have to contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Hello Susan. If you are unable to create an account or encounter a problem with your my Social Security account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

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

    • If you are unable to create an account or encounter a problem with your my Social Security account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office. Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. Family Social Security Services

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

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

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

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

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

    5. I am not married

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Hello Joel. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons we do not have access to personal records in this blog. Please call our toll free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Generally, you will have a shorter wait time if you call later during the day or later in the week. Or contact your local Social Security office directly. Thanks.

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

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

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

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

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