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News 2018 SSA COLA Benefit Impact

Each year, the Social Security Administration calculates eligibility and benefits for the upcoming year.
  • Department of Transitional Assistance

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Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients got a 2% increase in their benefits for 2018. 

These changes are because of a cost of living adjustment (COLA). The SSA COLA may cause a household's monthly cash or SNAP benefits to change. The SSA COLA happened January 1, 2018. 

DTA Benefit Changes
In February, DTA benefits will change by a small amount for many households due to the SSA COLA. Households will get a notice about this change. 

Maximize your benefits!
Households that are not getting the maximum benefit amount should let us know about certain costs:

  • Utility costs
  • Child support payments
  • Medical costs
  • Shelter costs and/or
  • Dependent care costs

​​​​​​​These may help households get more in DTA benefits. 

Department of Transitional Assistance 

The Department of Transitional Assistance assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in eight residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities.


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