Individuals in California who receive financial support from the Social Security Administration have reason to look forward to the next calendar year. In 2021, the SSA will increase disability benefits for those who currently receive both Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance. The increase will go into effect on Dec. 31, 2020.
The reason for the increase in support amounts is for cost-of-living adjustments. The SSA pays more money to recipients to account for inflation when the Consumer Price Index from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics includes an increase. The increase will benefit the over 64 million people who currently receive disability benefits through the SSA.
As an example of what the increase in benefits could include, individual recipients of SSI benefits could see the maximum payment go from $783 to $794. Couples who jointly receive SSI benefits can expect an increase from $1,175 to $1,191. Those approved for disability benefits before the end of the year can also expect to see higher payments for cost-of-living adjustments.
While the increase in payments is beneficial for those already approved for this type of financial support, there are many other applicants still waiting for approval and navigating the application process. It is not easy to get disability benefits from the SSA, even with a valid disability. In fact, many initial claims come back denied, and it is necessary to walk through an appeals process. Those applying will find it beneficial to work with an experienced legal ally in order to avoid complications and setbacks.