What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Do You Get Cost Of Living Increases If You Receive Social Security Disability Or SSI?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
If Social Security gives a cost of living increase for a given year, then all Social Security, disability, survivor, retirement, and SSI disability beneficiaries will receive it. Cost of living increases (COLAS) begin in December of each year for Social Security beneficiaries, and on December 30 for SSI beneficiaries, so that all beneficiaries have an increase in the benefits they receive in January of the year the cost of living increase is given.
When the Social Security program began in 1935, it was thought that an individual would receive the same benefits for a lifetime. Congress first legislated annual cost of living increases in 1950, however these were not automatic. Congress had to create special legislation for each year there was a Social Security cost of living increase. It was not until 1972 that Congress enacted the COLA provision that allowed automatic annual cost of living increases.
The function of a COLA is to make sure that the purchasing power of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security benefits is not eroded by inflation. Social Security bases the amount of the COLA on a percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers) from the third quarter of the year of the last COLA to the third quarter of the current year. If there is no increase in the Consumer Price Index, there can be no COLA.
In 2009 and 2010 there were no COLA increases because Consumer Price Index for inflation had not increased to an amount larger than the third quarter of 2008. These were the first years that there was no COLA increase since 1975.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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