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Old 10-11-2018, 08:32 AM   #1
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Social Security COLA 2.8%

Received official word here:

https://blog.socialsecurity.gov/soci...ce=govdelivery
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Funny just thinking this morning, aren't we due for this number?
Thanks a bunch.
Is there any word on increases on the Medicare Part B yet?
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Funny just thinking this morning, aren't we due for this number?
Thanks a bunch.
Is there any word on increases on the Medicare Part B yet?
From a CNBC article:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/24/medi...vey-shows.html



Last July the Medicare trustees report forecast that 2019 Part B monthly premiums will remain at about $134. After that, they are expected to rise about 5 percent each year through 2026. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid typically announces the next year's premium amount in November.
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From a CNBC article:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/24/medi...vey-shows.html



Last July the Medicare trustees report forecast that 2019 Part B monthly premiums will remain at about $134. After that, they are expected to rise about 5 percent each year through 2026. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid typically announces the next year's premium amount in November.
Ah okay. Close to the 5.5% that Fidelity uses for its medical inflation number for their calculator.
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SO question...2018 was our first year of SS with DH. When I calculate the increase, it is $xxxx.93 Does SS round up or down to the nearest dollar?
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Good news, we get an increase after all. So minimum increase for all my fixed income is at least 2.5% this coming year except my non-COLAd pension.
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SO question...2018 was our first year of SS with DH. When I calculate the increase, it is $xxxx.93 Does SS round up or down to the nearest dollar?
I'm pretty sure it's rounded down.
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Not to mention that, for those of us still toiling in the vineyards, the wage base subject to FICA tax will be nudging upward to $132,900.

SSA says that the recipients will receive an increase of 2.8%. But the boost in the 2019 wage base is 3.5%, and the bend points also go up about that much. I'm not an accountant, but shouldn't all those numbers be a lot closer?

Or might this be a move by SS to narrow (every little bit helps) the funding gap? I know that these adjustments are governed by legislation, but I suspect the law allows some leeway for the SS administrators to do some tweaking.

BTW, if you score that kind of scratch, you're in the 94th percentile of earners:

https://dqydj.com/income-percentile-calculator/
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Not to mention that, for those of us still toiling in the vineyards, the wage base subject to FICA tax will be nudging upward to $132,900.

SSA says that the recipients will receive an increase of 2.8%. But the boost in the 2019 wage base is 3.5%, and the bend points also go up about that much. I'm not an accountant, but shouldn't all those numbers be a lot closer?

Or might this be a move by SS to narrow (every little bit helps) the funding gap? I know that these adjustments are governed by legislation, but I suspect the law allows some leeway for the SS administrators to do some tweaking.

BTW, if you score that kind of scratch, you're in the 94th percentile of earners:

https://dqydj.com/income-percentile-calculator/
Interesting why the percentage is not the same.
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Not to mention that, for those of us still toiling in the vineyards, the wage base subject to FICA tax will be nudging upward to $132,900.

SSA says that the recipients will receive an increase of 2.8%. But the boost in the 2019 wage base is 3.5%, and the bend points also go up about that much. I'm not an accountant, but shouldn't all those numbers be a lot closer?

Or might this be a move by SS to narrow (every little bit helps) the funding gap? I know that these adjustments are governed by legislation, but I suspect the law allows some leeway for the SS administrators to do some tweaking.

BTW, if you score that kind of scratch, you're in the 94th percentile of earners:

https://dqydj.com/income-percentile-calculator/

You must have read my mind.

I was thinking that for those under age 60 or so, the changes in the National Average Wage Index (AWI) will be much more of interest in that this will determine how much all of our prior earnings are bumped up to determine our base SS amount (PIA).

What you are seeing is quite common. Wages grow faster than prices much of the time. As such, Social Security is getting a tiny bit more generous (relative to prices) for each class that reaches the age when SS PIA is determined.

This of course assumes that CPI figures for prices accurately reflects that experienced by a typical SS recipient which is an entirely different discussion that I will leave to another thread.

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Social Security COLA 2.8%

2.8% sounds good to me. I havenít started taking SS yet. I am waiting to start it due to Obamacare MAGI. If our options in 2019 work out subsidy wise, I may start in January 2019. If thatís not favorable Iíll wait until Iím 65 and starting Medicare. Iíve got 15 months until Medicare!
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Interesting why the percentage is not the same.
More boomers are retiring and becoming eligible every day vs. the number the number of folks entering and remaining in the workforce and contributing.
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Does that mean the Gov thinks inflation is ~2.8% or Medicare will go up by ~2.8%?
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Thanks for the information! 2.8% sounds pretty good to me.
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I just realized that today, Oct 11, is the monthly inflation CPI release by the BLS ( I have signed up to receive their emails).

Is the fact that SSA announced the COLAS today not a coincidence? Asked differently - Does the annual SSA COLA announcement always occur on the October release day of the CPI numbers?

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SSA says that the recipients will receive an increase of 2.8%. But the boost in the 2019 wage base is 3.5%, and the bend points also go up about that much. I'm not an accountant, but shouldn't all those numbers be a lot closer?
Of the three, I believe only the 2.8% increase is tied to the CPI? The others aren't.
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Does that mean the Gov thinks inflation is ~2.8% or Medicare will go up by ~2.8%?
Neither.
https://www.ssa.gov/oact/cola/latestCOLA.html
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Does that mean the Gov thinks inflation is ~2.8% or Medicare will go up by ~2.8%?
"The annual cost of living increase is determined by taking the average rate of inflation from July through September (https://www.ssa.gov/oact/STATS/cpiw.html) and comparing it to the same three-month period a year earlier, using an index known as CPI-W".
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Not to mention that, for those of us still toiling in the vineyards, the wage base subject to FICA tax will be nudging upward to $132,900.

SSA says that the recipients will receive an increase of 2.8%. But the boost in the 2019 wage base is 3.5%, and the bend points also go up about that much. I'm not an accountant, but shouldn't all those numbers be a lot closer?

Or might this be a move by SS to narrow (every little bit helps) the funding gap? I know that these adjustments are governed by legislation, but I suspect the law allows some leeway for the SS administrators to do some tweaking.

BTW, if you score that kind of scratch, you're in the 94th percentile of earners:

https://dqydj.com/income-percentile-calculator/
Wage Base goes up by average earnings, cola goes up by price index.
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