The Arc Reacts to Announcement of No Social Security Increase for 2016

Yesterday, the Social Security Administration announced that inflation as calculated under the Social Security Act did not increase last year, and that as a result, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits will not increase in 2016.

“Nearly 65 million Americans, including over 14 million people with disabilities and their families, will see no cost-of-living adjustment in their Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits in 2016,” said Marty Ford, Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy.

“While the official measure of inflation did not change in 2015, at The Arc we know that many beneficiaries, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, are struggling to make ends meet. Their Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits won’t increase in 2016, but their rent, out-of-pocket medical expenses, and other daily living costs may.

“What’s hard to imagine is that some in Congress think that no cost-of-living adjustment is too much, and want to cut our Social Security lifeline. Shockingly, there’s still talk in Congress of adopting an even lower inflation formula in the Social Security Act, so there would be smaller, and fewer, annual benefit increases. And some in Congress are holding hostage 11 million Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries who will face a 20 percent benefit cut at the end of 2016 if Congress fails to act. The Arc calls on Congress to strengthen our Social Security and Supplemental Security Income systems, and to reject any cuts to this lifeline for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Ford. 

2 thoughts on “The Arc Reacts to Announcement of No Social Security Increase for 2016

  1. social security better not be cut or I will not have no funding to eating because of cut and our president is doing budget cuts and its true that us ourselves will have a cut in cable and a cut in grocery purchases in our nation and letting disabled persons get a job to give ssa and ssi because we have bad cuts from paying bills and because mr ford has said that we may not get a raise next year as mentioned in the email.

  2. To say that these governing measures for the People, Citizens of the UNITED STATES, is beyond ludicrous, insulting and just plain crazy, is well, too obvious. The People, Citizens of the UNITED STATES are NOT a stupid People. The Governing “leaders” of the world have kept the truth of our collective, failing economies a secret, for far too long. The Collective Reactions are inevitable, so GOVERNMENT just needs to Grow Up and Fess Up to exactly WHERE, All the U.S. and Foreign Currency has/is going.

    I wonder which “planet” they are going to discover WATER on, next!

    What do droughts, bottled water (which is really Re-Cycled SEWEAGE WATER), and the water-system shutdown of bancrupted American Cities have to do with Social Security, a psuedo-failing economy, Civil Wars breaking out, daily, all across Our Planet EARTH, and Discoveries on Other Planets? Everything!

    Thank you (and please, it is on-topic and such not be moderated to exclude. Though, you have my permission to edit out this last part in ( ) 🙂

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