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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

onary 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.


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