Navigation Links
Millions of Seniors to Receive Smaller Social Security Checks in 2010: TSCL First National Group to Call for Emergency COLA Legislation
Date:9/2/2009

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Millions of seniors will receive smaller Social Security checks next year, and none of the 37 million seniors who receive Social Security will get an increase, according to an August forecast from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO is also forecasting a zero COLA for 2011.

In June, The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) became the first national group to call for an Emergency COLA for 2010. Since then, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced plans to introduce an Emergency COLA bill, expected later this month.

Next year would mark the first time since automatic Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) went into effect in 1975 that seniors would fail to get an increase. Since automatic raises were established, seniors have never failed to receive an annual increase of less than 1.3 percent.

Millions of seniors will receive cuts due to the soaring costs of prescription drug plans, which many beneficiaries have automatically deducted from Social Security checks.

"Just as more seniors than ever before are slipping into poverty and filing bankruptcy, the government thinks it's acceptable to eliminate COLAs and cut benefits," said Daniel O'Connell, chairman of The Senior Citizens League. "We wholeheartedly support any effort in Congress that would provide seniors with an Emergency COLA next year."

Almost 70 percent of beneficiaries depend on Social Security for 50 percent or more of their income. Social Security is the sole source of income for 15 percent of beneficiaries.

See "Night in America," our latest video about seniors at risk, at www.YouTube.com/SeniorCitizensLeague.

Proponents of a zero COLA argue for its fairness in a deflationary period. But they do not mention that the way the COLA is calculated does not accurately track senior costs. TSCL supports a change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) used to determine the COLA.

The government currently calculates the COLA based on the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), a slow-rising index that tracks the spending habits of younger workers who don't spend as much of their income on health expenditures.

However, the government does track the spending patterns of older Americans, and has done so since 1983 with the CPI for Elderly Consumers, or CPI-E. By tying the annual increase in the COLA to the CPI-E, seniors would see much needed relief in their monthly checks. For example, a senior who retired with a monthly benefit of $676 in 1984 would have received $17,596 more throughout their retirement with the CPI-E.

TSCL supports two CPI-E bills in the current Congress: H.R. 2429 and H.R. 2365, as well as any impending Emergency COLA legislation.

With 1.2 million supporters, The Senior Citizens League (www.SeniorsLeague.org) is one of the nation's largest nonpartisan seniors groups. TSCL is a proud affiliate of The Retired Enlisted Association.


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Senior Citizens League
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Hospitals Could Improve Outcomes for Patients and Save Millions According to Hill-Rom 10th Annual Pressure Ulcer Survey
2. Congress Poised to Add Millions of Uninsured Children to Successful, Bipartisan Health Plan
3. Academy releases emergency preparedness tools to enable millions more people to shelter in place
4. Billions Directed to Baghdad ... Millions Rejected for Children
5. New Study Shows Arthritis Significantly Limits Millions of Americans Ability to Work
6. Saving Millions of Childrens Lives Is Possible
7. TransMedia Group to Open Curtain on Innovative Hospital Bed Curtain that Will Save Millions in Maintenance
8. Report Shows Millions May Be Driving with Uncorrected Visual Impairments
9. Thanks to Homecare, Millions of Older Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving and Other Holidays at Home
10. Mitts Millions Cant Buy Iowans Health Care Reform
11. 32nd Annual Hutch Holiday Gala Raises Millions for Cancer Research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... PurhealthRX , a leading Health and ... Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD oil will revolutionize the rapidly growing CBD ... that can be easily incorporated into liquid products, while reducing costs to end users. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... CT (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... long-term care services, staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a ... Shelton Fire Department, Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network ... advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New York City ... and reached a social audience of over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Talented host, actor Rob Lowe, is introducing ... new episode of "Success Files," which is an award-winning educational program broadcasted on ... subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of ... Brink” is the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his ... veteran, he spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza vaccination should ... helping communities across Massachusetts , Connecticut ... shots through the end of the month. *Some exclusions apply ... ... is by the end of October, according to the Centers for Disease ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... FLINT, Mich. , Oct. 2, 2017 ... acquired 8th Day Software and Consulting, LLC , ... 8th Day Software, based in Tennessee ... Management LLC. 8th Day expands EnvoyHealth,s service offerings for ... product development. "In ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... ORLANDO, Fla. , Oct. 2, 2017  AllianceRx ... services company formed by Walgreens and pharmacy benefit manager ... of its new brand, which included the unveiling of ... Fla. , as well as at a few ... introduces the new brand to patients, some of whom ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: