Social Security

Articles about Social Security that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees

Chained CPI Is a Vote to Cut Social Security Benefits

The following letter was co-authored by Eric Kingson and Nancy Altman, co-chairs of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition, and sent to every Congressional office.

Our coalition of 320 organizations representing a broad cross-section of the American people respectfully urges you to reject the use of the less-generous and less-accurate chained-CPI as the basis for Social Security's cost of living adjustments for current and future seniors, people with disabilities, and other beneficiaries.

Starting March 1: Electronic Payments Are a Must for S.S. Recipients

JANUARY 4, 2013: For years, Social Security has stressed the convenience, security, and safety of getting benefit payments electronically. Soon, direct deposit (or Direct Express) will not only be the best way to receive Federal benefit payments -- it will be the only way.

That's because the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a new rule that will phase out paper checks for Federal benefit and non-tax payments by March 1, 2013.

Here is how the transition will work.

WASHINGTON GRIDLOCK SLOWS WEP/GPO PROGRESS

Members’ Frustration Grows

NOVEMBER 2012 VOICE: After more than a decade of starts and stops in the effort to repeal both the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO), Association members impacted by one or both of the laws have grown understandably frustrated.

BROWN SUPPORTS WEP/GPO REPEAL

Joins Kerry & Mass. Delegation On Key Issue

JULY 2012 VOICE: U.S. Senator Scott Brown has joined his Massachusetts colleague, Senator John Kerry, in support of federal legislation that would repeal both the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO).

WEP/GPO REMAINS ON RADAR

MASS. Retirement Delegation Takes To Capitol

MAY 2012 VOICE: Protecting Social Security, while working to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), remains on the policy radar screens of all 10 Massachusetts Congressmen, as well as U.S. Senator John Kerry.

KERRY FILLS SOCIAL SECURITY VOID

KERRY FILLS SOCIAL SECURITY VOID

Files Bipartisan WEP/GPO Repeal Bill

MARCH 2012 VOICE: For the thousands of retirees impacted by the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) or Government Pension Offset (GPO), calendar year 2011 ended in disappointment after the issues were, once again, not addressed by Congress.

KERRY FILES WEP/GPO REPEAL BILL

KERRY FILES WEP/GPO REPEAL BILL

Takes Lead In Senate With Maine’s Collins

JANUARY 10, 2012: Massachusetts Senator John Kerry has filed legislation calling for the full repeal of the dreaded Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO). S2010, cosponsored by Republican Susan Collins of Maine, places Kerry in a leading role on the issue of Social Security fairness.

Social Security WEP & GPO Forecast

JANUARY 2012 VOICE: With the Super Committee’s failure to reach a deal that would have reduced the federal deficit by at least $1.5 trillion over 10 years, will we see any major changes in either Social Security or Medicare before the November ‘12 national elections? Those changes would include any repeal or reform of Social Security’s Offset and Windfall Laws.

FEDERAL DEFICIT AND SUPER COMMITTEE

Potential Targets: Social Security & Medicare

NOVEMBER 2011 VOICE: In early August, the US Congress and President Obama reached a compromise agreement to raise the Federal Debt Ceiling, as well as cut an immediate $900 billion in federal spending. The compromise also created a 12-member Congressional “Super Committee” tasked with cutting at least another $1.5 trillion in federal spending over 10 years.

Social Security Beneficiaries to Receive 3.6% Increase

Fifty-five million Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 3.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment next year, the U.S. government said today.

The COLA increase, the first since 2009, takes effect in January. Eight million Americans participating in the Supplemental Security Income program, which provides cash assistance to the blind and disabled poor, will receive the same 3.6 percent boost.