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More than 62 million Americans receive Social Security benefits, and the money that they receive every month goes a long way toward supporting their financial needs. With benefits available either for retirees or those who become disabled, Social Security plays a vital role in protecting people from financial hardship.
Every year, Social Security changes somewhat, with many provisions getting updated on an annual basis. Below, you’ll learn four important facts about Social Security for 2019, including how much a typical recipient can expect to get and what changes are happening over the coming year.
1. Benefits to go up 2.8%
Social Security provides an annual cost of living increase to its recipients in order to make up for the impact of inflation. The COLA that will take effect at the beginning of 2019 was just announced last month, and the amount was calculated to be 2.8%.
That 2.8% increase will boost what every beneficiary gets from the program. The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates that the average monthly benefit for retired workers in January 2019 will be $1,461, up $39 because of the COLA calculation. For couples who receive benefits for both members, the average total family benefit of $2,448 per month will be $67 higher than it would have been without the COLA.
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