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Modest increase in Social Security Disability payments at outset of 2014

If you are a recipient or potential recipient of disability benefits, there's good news for 2014.
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    January 11, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Social Security Administration administers several different benefit programs. One of the most important is Social Security Disability Insurance. For a worker who has paid Social Security taxes into the system for a long enough time, SSDI benefits may be available to help make ends meet should that worker become afflicted with a physical or mental disability. Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, is another benefit program administered by the Social Security Administration; however, there is no requirement that SSI beneficiaries must have paid into the system through Social Security taxes.

SSDI and SSI beneficiaries receive medical benefits through Medicare or Medicaid, as well as a monthly stipend. In 2014, benefit checks for disabled workers will increase to account for a rising cost of living. But, some are questioning whether the 2014 cost of living -- or COLA -- adjustment is large enough to truly account for the many expenses that come with living with a disability.

Cost of living increase for 2014 reflects low rate of inflation

COLA increases in benefits administered by the Social Security Administration began in 1975. Based on inflation, the COLA increases are adjusted according to an annual Bureau of Labor Statistics report that measures the cost of a variety of consumer products, such as food and gasoline.

For 2014, the COLA increase to Social Security Disability benefits is 1.5 percent. The exact amount of the increase for an individual Social Security beneficiary of course depends on the size of the check he or she is already receiving. For the average disabled worker receiving SSDI benefits, the COLA increase will mean about another $20 per month.

The 1.5 percent bump in Social Security benefits for 2014 is among the lowest COLA increases since benefits started being indexed for inflation in 1975. It also comes close on the heels of two years -- 2010 and 2011 -- in which there were no COLA increases at all.

Get help from an attorney to get quick access to the full disability benefits you need

Even a relatively modest increase is of course better than no increase at all. Yet, those suffering from a disability often incur expenses outside the range of average consumer spending. This makes it all the more important for disabled workers to ensure they get the full benefits they are entitled to, as quickly as possible.

If you are unable to work due to a disability, a Social Security Disability attorney can help you get the full benefits you need in a timely fashion. Talk to an attorney today about your right to benefits.

Article provided by Midwest Disability, P.A.
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