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Cost of Living Adjustment 2017

The latest COLA is 0.3 percent for Social Security benefits and SSI payments. Social Security benefits will increase by 0.3 percent beginning with the December 2016 benefits, which are payable in January 2017. Federal SSI payment levels will also increase by 0.3 percent effective for payments made for January 2017. Because the normal SSI payment date is the first of the month and January 1 is a holiday, the SSI payments for January are always made at the end of the previous December.



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.
Click here full the full list of Compassionate Allowances Conditions



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 2016 are Noah 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 2016