The Social Security COLA 2022 Increase

Submitted by rsg on Sun, 10/31/2021 - 17:39

Every year the Federal Government that administers Social Security benefits adjusts the payments made according to the increase in the cost of living. Around 70 million Americans are now expecting an increase of 5.9% in their payments because of the 2022 COLA (cost of living adjustment).

This Social Security increase for 2022 will apply to both those on SSDI and SSI benefits. As these increases on the social security COLA 2022 are automatic, it means that those already receiving benefits don’t actually have to do anything as their checks will be adjusted in line with the 5.9% increase. You can see what difference the social security raise in 2022 will make by checking the table shown below in this article.

Will I Get a Social Security Raise in 2022?

All social security payments will be increased in 2022 by the cost of living adjustment (COLA). This is determined every year as a result of measurements recorded by the federal government’s Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index. It is a fact of life that very few goods and services ever go down in price. Quite the reverse as most items, including basics like food, rents, gas, electricity, consumer goods, tend to go up. This means that if the SSA didn’t increase benefits each year, those on benefits would lose out.

Social Security Cola 2022 Increases

All benefits paid out by the Social Security Administration (SSA) are automatically updated to take into account the 2022 COLA increase. Basically, whatever you were paid in 2021 will go up by 5.9% in 2022. The actual 2021 amounts and the new 2022 amounts are listed in the table below.

Category of Beneficiary
2021 Amount ($/month)
2022 Amount ($/month)
After 5.9% Increase

Non-Blind Disabled Workers



Blind Disabled Workers



SSI Individual



SSI Couple



All Retired Workers



Age Couple, Both Receiving Benefits



Widowed Mother and Two Children



Aged Widow(er) Alone



Disabled Worker, Spouse and One or More Children



All Disabled Workers



What Does This Mean For Your Benefits?

Payment changes due to the social security COLA 2022 increase will be made automatically. If you are already receiving a social security benefit, it will be adjusted without you having to do anything. Most beneficiaries will receive a notification about the COLA increase in December this year (2021) through their ‘My Social Security’ account message center.

Get Help Today

If you have become disabled or your current disability has meant that you can no longer work, or you don’t anticipate that you will be working for at least the next 12 months, you may be able to apply for a social security disability benefit through the SSA. It’s not always easy applying for a benefit and in fact it is quite common for applications to be denied, at least initially.

This is often because applications have not been supported fully by the information required by the SSA or because the criteria held by the SSA are not reached by your disability. You may have a better chance of successfully applying for a SSDI or SSI benefit if you use a disability lawyer to help you with your claim. Get a Free Case Evaluation today!

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