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Welcome to the twenty-seventh edition of our newsletter.
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|No Social Security Cost-Of-Living Increase in 2011|
The federal government announced on October 15, 2010 that Social Security Disability and Social Security Retirement recipients will not receive a cost-of-living adjustment in 2011. This will be the second year in a row that there has not been a cost-of-living increase.
The absence of a cost-of-living adjustment, calculated under a
formula set by law, will be a shock to older Americans and the disabled
already hit by plummeting home values, investment losses and rising
health costs. More than 50 million people receive some form of Social
Before 2010 Social Security recipients had received automatic cost-of-living
adjustments every year since 1975. The increase in 2009 was 5.8
percent. By law, Social Security benefits cannot go down.
The cost-of-living adjustment is intended to preserve the
purchasing power of Social Security, by increasing benefits to keep pace
with consumer prices. In the last year, overall inflation has been low,
largely because of the economic downturn.
The Congressional Budget Office, has predicted that inflation would
remain low for several years, so it is possible that Social Security might not pay a
cost-of-living increase for several years.
President Obama Signs Historic Rosa's Bill Into Law|
On October 5, 2010 President Barack Obama signed Bill S.2781 into law which requires the federal government to start replacing the term "mental
retardation" with "intellectual disability" in all federal rules and laws that relate to education, health or labor.
The measure known as Rosa's Law was approved unanimously by Congress
before being signed by President Obama.
This bill was introduced by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). She
named the bill "Rosa's Law" after Rosa Marcellino, a young woman with Down Syndrome, who successfully advocated for the elimination of the phrase "mentally
retarded" in Maryland state law.
Under this new law, "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" will be replaced with "Intellectual
disability" and "individual with an intellectual disability."
this new law does not change any of the rights that person's with
disabilities have, it still represents a historic victory for the disability community.
"This is a really important step, particularly for the self-advocacy
community," said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc, which advocated for the passage of Rosa's Law. "Self-advocates have been working for many years to remove
hurtful language and this takes our community one step closer."
Click here to read the full text of this new law.
|Press Release: Sheri Abrams' New Book "Don't Gamble With Your Social Security Disability Benefits--What Every Virginia Resident Needs To Know To Win A Social Security Disability Case" Is Now Available!|
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