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The Social Security Administration Announces 2021 COLA

The Social Security Administration Announces 2021 COLA
What you should know about the most recent cost-of-living adjustment.

Provided by MidAmerica Financial Resources

 

On October 13, 2020, the Social Security Administration (SSA) officially announced that Social Security recipients will receive a 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2021. This adjustment will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Additionally, increased payments to more than 8 million Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2020.1

 

Is this a COLA lite? Many may be disappointed by this modest bump compared to the 1.6 percent increase beneficiaries saw in 2020 or the 2.8 percent boost in 2019. However, it’s important to remember that the Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). In broad terms, the CPI measures the price of consumer goods and how they’re trending in to evaluate the economy. In short, lower inflation numbers usually equals a modest COLA.2

 

How You Will Be Notified. According to the Social Security Administration, Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are usually notified by mail starting in early December about their new benefit amount. However, if you’ve set up your SSA online account, you will also be able to view your COLA notice online through your “My Social Security” account.3

 

What are your next steps? If this increase surprises or concerns you, it’s always a good idea to seek guidance from your financial professional about changes to any of your sources of retirement income.

MidAmerica Financial Resources may be reached at 618.548.4777 or greg.malan@lpl.com www.mid-america.us

 

This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note – investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Adviser, Member FINRA/SIPC.
MidAmerica Financial Resources and Malan Financial Group are separate and unrelated companies to LPL.

Citations

  1. SSA.gov, October 13, 2020
  2. SSA.gov, October 13, 2020
  3. SSA.gov, October 13, 2020

How Medigap Choices Have Changed

How Medigap Choices Have Changed
What you need to know about Plan F and Plan G.

Provided by MidAmerica Financial Resources

 

As many may recall, seniors who previously enrolled in Medicare are facing some changes.

Medigap Plan F might not be sold after 2020 and Medigap Plan G will be undergoing some changes.1

 

These changes only impact new Medicare enrollees, however. If you enrolled in Medicare prior to 2020, and have Plan F or Plan G coverage, you can keep that coverage.2

 

Why do people like Plan F? Plan F is basically a “Cadillac plan”: it is not cheap, but it lets you see any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare patients, and the upfront cost is the total cost. If you have Plan F coverage, it’s rare to be surprised by subsequent requests to pay a deductible, a copayment, or coinsurance.2

 

How does Plan G differ from Plan F? While both plans provide similar coverage, one of the many differences comes down to dollars and cents. Plan G asks you for the $198 Part B deductible while Plan F does not.3

 

According to Medicare.gov, Plans F and G also offer a high-deductible plan in some states. With this option, you must pay for Medicare-covered costs (coinsurance, copayments, and deductibles) up to the deductible amount of $2,340 in 2020 before your policy pays anything. But remember, Plans C and F aren’t available to people who are newly eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020.4

 

Are you thinking about switching Medigap policies? In most cases, you won’t have a right under federal law to switch Medigap policies unless you’re eligible under a specific circumstance, guaranteed issue rights, or if you’re within the 6-month Medigap open enrollment period. One thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to wait a certain length of time after buying your first Medigap policy before you can switch to a different Medigap policy.

 

If you do switch you also have 30 days to decide if you want to keep the new Medigap policy. This is called your “free look period” and it starts when you get your new Medigap policy.5

 

MidAmerica Financial Resources may be reached at 618.548.4777 or greg.malan@lpl.com www.mid-america.us

This material was prepared by MarketingPro, Inc., and does not necessarily represent the views of the presenting party, nor their affiliates. This information has been derived from sources believed to be accurate. Please note – investing involves risk, and past performance is no guarantee of future results. The publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional services. If assistance is needed, the reader is advised to engage the services of a competent professional. This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice and may not be relied on for the purpose of avoiding any Federal tax penalty. This is neither a solicitation nor recommendation to purchase or sell any investment or insurance product or service and should not be relied upon as such. All indices are unmanaged and are not illustrative of any particular investment.

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Adviser, Member FINRA/SIPC.
MidAmerica Financial Resources and Malan Financial Group are separate and unrelated companies to LPL.

Citations

  1. Ehealthinsurance.com, October 13, 2020
  2. Medicare.gov, October 7, 2020
  3. CMS.gov, November 8, 2019
  4. Medicare.gov, October 7, 2020
  5. Medicare.gov, October 13, 2020

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