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Looks Like No Increase in Benefits For 2016

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Oct 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

The PBS News Hour reported that Social Security beneficiaries will get no increase in their monthly benefits for 2016.  This is because inflation was pretty much non-existent for 2015.  Per PBS, the main cause of low inflation is gas prices. This is a bit ironic, given that the disabled and retired probably drive less than other Americans.  So, while low gas prices are a boon they don't particularly benefit from, SSA recipients see a stagnant monthly check as a result of said low prices.  All things considered, I am sure it is better to have no inflation and no benefit increase than to have run away inflation. But that provides only so much comfort.  While overall inflation is low, some items have seen dramatic price increases. Think medical care. Which is precisely what the disabled and retired need more than most.  To that point: the Medicare premiums for 2016 are going to go up. For most retirees, this will not be a  big issue.  Federal law prohibit a decrease in SSA benefits to cover increased Medicare premiums. But this leaves about 30% of SSA beneficiaries exposed to the higher Medicare premiums. For those unlucky folks, there will be an actual decrease in their monthly benefits.  And all beneficiaries are going to feel the effects of the increased Medicare deductibles.  If you add it all up, it sounds like almost all SSA beneficiaries are going to see less money in 2016. But, at least gas is cheap, right?

PBS News Hour Report

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John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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