For most consumers in California and across the country, the cost of basic daily needs has increased significantly over the last year. It is more expensive than ever to buy basic things, like food, clothing and gas, and it is especially difficult for those on a fixed income to keep up. Those who depend on disability payments from the Social Security Administration may be glad to know that the amount they receive will increase in 2023.
Higher payments to address higher prices
It is normal for disability payments to go up occasionally to address inflation and rising prices. This COLA increase will be for all beneficiaries of disability benefits, not just retired individuals or survivors. Recipients of both Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance payments can expect to see an increase of just over 8% to their payments each month.
According to the SSA, this should amount to an increase of approximately $120 each month. The two disability programs are available to those who are unable to work due to a disabling condition of some kind. The total amount one can receive from the SSA depends on factors specific to the individual situation.
Fighting for rightful benefits
If a California individual is unable to work, he or she will benefit from seeking the guidance of an experienced attorney. Legal counsel can be helpful for those who are navigating the application process and addressing any challenges that may arise. An assessment of the individual case will help an applicant understand eligibility requirements and more.