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My statement states that there is a 2.0% increase this year because of a rise in the cost of living. My amount is exactly what it was last year. Why is that?

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Hi My name's Lane ...

I hold a law degree (J.D.), with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA in finance, a BBA, and CFP & CRPS (Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist) designations, as well - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate, non-profit, and tax advice to clients on three continents since 1986.

If you’ll please bear with me for a minute I’ll type up my initial response, and then we can go from there if you have further questions on this.

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Social Security Expert: Lane, JD,CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 4 months ago

This is a classic case of the Government's "right hand" not telling you what the "left hand" is doing, (those two branches being Social Security and Health & Human Services, Medicare)

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Becasue Medical costs are rising at about 30% per year, and the cost of the market basked of goods measured by CPI rose about 2%. Your Social Security benefit rose by 2%, but you medicare premium rose MUCH more.

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However, a provision in the law called the hold harmless provision says that your NET benefit (after Medicare Part B deductions) can never go down.

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So what's going on here is that the hold harmless kept the Medicare part B premium from actually making your net benefit go down

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Social Security Expert: Lane, JD,CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 4 months ago

Please let me know if you have ANY questions at all, before rating me.

If this has helped, and you DON’T have other questions … I'd appreciate a positive rating, using the stars on your screen, and then clicking “submit" (you may have to scroll up to see them OR look to one side or the other if you’re on a device, such as a phone or tablet – That’s the only way I’ll be credited for the work.

I hope you’ll rate me based on my accuracy and thoroughness (as opposed to any good news/bad news content). Thank you!

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