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COLA

Since 1975, Social Security's general benefit increases have been based on increases in the cost of living, as measured by the Consumer Price Index. We call such increases Cost-Of-Living Adjustments, or COLAs. Because there has been a decline in the Consumer Price Index, there will be no cola payable in 2011.

ARTICLES

SSA Pays 2.0 Percent COLA for 2018
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 2.0 percent in 2018, a welcome change from very small cost of living adjustments (COLAs) in recent years. Read More

SSA Pays Small COLA for 2017
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase 0.3 percent in 2017 due to a very small increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). Read More

Tiny COLA
The annual Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits for this year is only 0.3%. Read More

SSA Pays "un-COLA" for 2016
The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) to annually adjust benefits paid to Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients. As there was no increase in the CPI-W from the third quarter of 2014 to the third quarter of 2015, SSA announced a “diet COLA” (cost-of-living-adjustment) for 2016 with no increase in monthly benefits. Read More


COLA: Articles




POLICY ADVOCACY

Empire Justice Testimony at the Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Human Services
Empire Justice testimony at the Human Services Joint Budget Hearing on February 4, 2014. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on the 2009-2010 Human Services Executive Budget Proposal
Our testimony today will focus on a series of recommendations for the human services budget and will touch on the need to restore the elimination of civil legal services funding. Read More





NEWSLETTERS

Disability Law News - October 2017 Issue
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. In this issue, we discuss the newly amended NYS Public Health Law Sections 17 & 18, and Mental Hygiene Law Section 33.16 that ensures free access to medical records for government benefits applications. Be sure to check out the newest regulations, administrative decisions and court decisions as well. Read More

January 2017 Disability Law News
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP Advocates. This issue will detail and discuss the many recent changes to the treating physician regulations. SSA's new Mental Impairments Listings which recent went into effect on January 17, 2017 is highlighted in Regulations. Court Decisions looks at a recent Second Circuit decision on a duration issue in Cutter v. Colvin. Read More