If you receive Social Security disability benefits there’s good news – you should be getting a fairly significant increase in your monthly checks in 2019. A cost of living adjustment (COLA) for social security recipients is expected to result in an increase of up to 3%. This would translate to an average increase of about $42 per check. While that’s not a huge amount, it can make a big difference if you’re living on a fixed monthly income and rely on Social Security checks to make ends meet. It should be noted that the amount of the COLA increase is not yet confirmed – but all indications point to an increase of between 2.5% and 3% for 2019. This is especially important news, since there have been little or no cost of living increases in social security benefits over the past several years.
Are You Eligible for Social Security Disability?
Some people are not even aware that they are eligible for Social Security disability benefits if they become unable to work due to an injury or medical condition. The types of injuries and illnesses that can be eligible include musculoskeletal problems such as back and neck injuries; respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD; cardiovascular conditions such as coronary heart disease or heart failure; hearing or vision loss; and certain mental illnesses. You can get much more information about which conditions qualify for benefits by visiting the official Social Security website.