SSA Announces Raise in Massachusetts Disability Cost of Living
Posted on Dec 17, 2011
The news is good for Massachusetts Social Security Administration (SSA) disability recipients. For the first time since 2009, payments will increase. The SSA announced a 3.6 percent cost of living increase to begin in January 2012.
The change will affect the more than 55 million Social Security recipients and the eight million Americans who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). With all the bad news about Social Security in the press lately, this increase has been praised by just about everyone.
Brett Albren, President of The Advocator Group, reported in The Wall Street Journal’s “Market Watch” that, “We are thrilled for our recipients and applaud the efforts of the SSA in facilitating the increase. This is very positive news during these trying economic times.” Albren added that recipients who rely on SSA benefits as their only source of income will benefit most from the change.
Since 1975 Social Security has used the Consumer Price Index to figure annual benefit raises. Because there was no typical increase in consumer prices, the last change was in 2009.
If you or a family member is disabled and cannot work, Keefe Disability Law in Massachusetts can handle your SSA disability benefits needs. If you have already applied and are waiting for a response, you may have some questions. We are easy to reach at our toll free number, 888-904-6847. Or, fill out the confidential form on this page for a free case review.