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SSA Pays Small COLA for 2017

January 31, 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).

The monthly SSI federal benefit rate for an individual will go up $2 to $735; the monthly rate for a couple goes up $3 to $1,103. The New York supplement will continue at $87 for individuals and $104 for couples living alone; the living with others supplements remain at $23 and $46, respectively. A 2017 New York State SSI benefit chart is available at:

Thanks to Jim Murphy of Legal Services of Central New York, SSI benefit charts from 1976 to 2015 are available at

With the small COLA, other of SSA’s benchmarks also saw slight increases. Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) threshold for Non-Blind has increased to $1,170 per month. The SGA level for blind workers went to $1,950. The Trial Work Period (TWP) threshold increased to $840 per month (from $810). The quarter of coverage amount has increased to $1,300. The maximum taxable earnings for OASDI (old-age, survivors and disability insurance) purposes went to $127,200 in 2017.

Most beneficiaries will pay Medicare Part B monthly premiums of $109.00 per month in 2017. Some higher earning beneficiaries will have higher premium rates. For more details, see

For SSA’s Fact Sheet on 2017 Social Security Changes, see


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