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Cost of Living Adjustment 2019

The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. The maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $132,900. The earnings limit for workers who are younger than "full" retirement age (age 66 for people born in 1943 through 1954) will increase to $17,640. (Social Security will deduct $1 from benefits for each $2 earned over $17,640.) The earnings limit for people turning 66 in 2019 will increase to $46,920. (Social Security will deduct $1 from benefits for each $3 earned over $46,920 until the month the worker turns age 66.) There is no limit on earnings for workers who are "full" retirement age or older for the entire year.
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SSA List of Compassionate Allowance Conditions

The Social Security Administration has added to the list of Compassionate Allowances. The new conditions are Angiosarcoma, Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor, Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction, Coffin-Lowry Syndrome, Esthesioneuroblastoma, Giant Axonal Neuropathy, Hoyeaal-Hreidarsson Syndrome, Intracranial Hemangiopericytoma, Joubert Syndrome, Leptomeningeal Carcinomatosis, Liposarcoma - metastatic or recurrent, Malignant Ectomesenchymoma, Malignant Renal Rhabdoid Tumor, Marshall-Smith Syndrome, Oligodendroglioma Brain Tumor - Grade III, Pallister-Killian Syndrome, Progressive Bulbar Palsy, Prostate Cancer - Hormone Refractory Disease or with visceral metastases, Revesz Syndrome, Seckel Syndrome, Sjogren-Larsson Syndrome, Small Cell Cancer (of the Large Intestine, Ovary, Prostate, Thymus, or Uterus), Soft Tissue Sarcoma - with distant metastases or recurrent, X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disease, and X-Linked Myotubular Myopathy.
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SSA Has The Answers

According to Internet experts, only a software company that produces popular video games had more hits on the "Frequently Asked Questions" section of its website last year than Social Security did. Social Security has hundreds of questions and answers listed on its site.
Social Security Frequently Asked Question



Social Security Delivers Most Popular Baby Names

The most popular baby names in the United States for 2017 are Liam and Emma.

"Each year, Social Security produces the most popular baby names list based on all Social Security card applications for children born the previous year," said Jo Anne Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security.

A list of the 1,000 most popular baby names by year, and lists categorized by state, can be found on their website.

For more information - or for help naming your baby-to-be - read their news release.
Top 10 Baby Names for 2017