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Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security’s COLA

In October 2016, Social Security’s annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2017 will be calculated, and Social Security beneficiaries will learn by what percentage their monthly benefits will be adjusted in the coming year to offset the effects of inflation. Social … Continue reading

Social Security Works for the Middle Class

Since it was created, our Social Security system has provided all working Americans a path to earning vital retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits, regardless of wealth or income level. Even as our economy has improved, many middle class Americans have … Continue reading

Social Security Works for African Americans

Our Social Security system is neutral with regard to race and ethnicity, but because African Americans tend to have lower earnings over the course of their working years and little access to employer sponsored retirement plans, Social Security is particularly … Continue reading

Social Security Works for Veterans and Active Military Members

Since 1957, earnings from active duty military service have been covered by Social Security, enabling those who serve in our nation’s armed forces to earn valuable retirement, disability, and life insurance protections for themselves and their families. Social Security benefits—in particular, … Continue reading

Social Security Works for Asian Americans, Hawaiian Natives and Pacific Islanders

Our Social Security system is neutral with regard to race and ethnicity, but because Asian Americans, Hawaiian Natives and Pacific Islanders tend to have longer life expectancies, Social Security is particularly important to them. Social Security should not only be … Continue reading