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2017 Social Security COLA

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Each year, the Social Security benefits are adjusted to fit the cost of living increase. Due to inflation, the Social Security Administration may increase benefits to help elders with the resulting cost of living. In 2017, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will only see an increase of 0.3%.

Learn more about the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and check out the recent article in USA Today, "Retirees' Social Security COLA raise in 2017: $3 a month?" WISER President Cindy Hounsell is quoted in the article.

National Retirement Security Week 2016

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National Retirement Security Week is a national effort to raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement. The week, which runs from October 16th-22nd, provides an opportunity for individuals and families to look closely at their personal retirement goals and make a plan to reach those goals.

Learn about steps you can take throughout your retirement savings journey by visiting "Your Whole Story;" a resource site sponsored by NAGDCA in support of National Retirement Security Week.


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Medicare Open Enrollment is Going on Now! What You Need To Know

Medicare open enrollment is a period of time during which current Medicare users can re-evaluate and adjust their coverage. That may mean switching coverage, adding additional coverage, or dropping coverage. This year, Medicare open enrollment will take place between October 15 and December 7. Any new coverage or changes to coverage will begin January 1, 2017.

Check out WISER's blog and learn more about what you need to consider during open enrollment season and why you might benefit from taking a closer look at your current Medicare plan.

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Thank You for Celebrating 20 Years of Being WISER!


Thank you to all the speakers, participants and awardees for making WISER's 20th anniversary celebration a great success!  Click here for more information about the event and the 2016 WISER Hero Awardees. WHC Insider also produced this video about WISER Hero Maureen Kelly, who was presented the award by her son, House of Cards actor Michael Kelly.

WISER is grateful for the many friends and supporters who have been a part of our mission for the past 20 years. Together we have helped women across the country access the information, tools and resources they need to achieve greater financial independence, security and dignity in retirement. Thank you for joining with us and making that possible.


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