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Social Security officials announce 2019 benefit increase

first_imgWashington D.C. — Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today.The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018.  (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits).  The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.  Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $132,900 from $128,400.Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail in early December about their new benefit amount.  This year, for the first time, most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Social Security account.  People may create or access their my Social Security account online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.Information about Medicare changes for 2019, when announced, will be available at www.medicare.gov.  For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2019 are announced.  Final 2019 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and mySocial Security’s Message Center.The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated.  To read more, please visit the website.last_img read more

Clippers overwhelm struggling Wizards to improve to 4-2

first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “We take a lot of pride in that,” Bradley said. “Me and Pat, we both consider ourselves first-team defenders. And as a team, we want to be known not only an offensive team in the West but a defensive team as well.”Consider Tobias Harris consistent: For the fourth consecutive game, he scored at least 20 points – going for a team-leading 22 against Washington. He also pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds.And on Lou Williams bobblehead night – if it could talk, it would say “You feel me,” Williams told the crowd via a video – the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year had 17 points off the bench, with 14 falling in the fourth quarter. There also was a killer crossover into a behind-the-back pass that led to a bucket and a foul for Montrezl Harrell (13 points) and a cheer from the 16,491 bobblehead collectors in the building.Turnovers let the Wizards stay within relative striking distance for a while. Washington cut it to 77-66 with about six minutes left in the third quarter, but then Beverley went on a 3-point spree to help the home team pull comfortably ahead.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Better than pundits and, perhaps, opponents anticipated?“We know what we have in our locker room. Whatever the standings may be, whatever it’s said on paper, you’ve got to play the game. We like to play the game,” point guard Patrick Beverley told reporters after the victory. “You guys do put a lot of unfortunate pressure on the rest of the teams in the NBA that we kind of look at ourselves as underdogs. Which is also a good thing. Other teams look at us as underdogs because you guys put so much pressure on other teams, so it kind of works in our favor. We appreciate it.”Beverley and fellow starting guard Avery Bradley, together more recognizable for their clamp-down defense than their scoring, were both notably aggressive offensively Sunday.Bradley’s 15 points were the most he has scored as a Clipper so far. And Patrick Beverley’s three 3-pointers in the third quarter helped the Clippers stretch their lead to 24 points. Beverley finished with 11 points.They also helped hold Washington (1-5) to 39 percent shooting from the field and 18.5 percent from behind the 3-point line. High-scoring guard John Wall entered the game averaging 21.2 points, and although he finished with 18 on Sunday, he was scoreless in the second half. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 PreviousWashington Wizards guard John Wall, right, protects the ball after stealing it from Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, above, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic, left, of Serbia, tips the ball away from Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsWashington Wizards guard John Wall, left, drives into Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, center, passes the ball away from Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, as guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, watches, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers forward Mike Scott, left, blocks a shot by Washington Wizards guard Austin Rivers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, loses the ball on a shot attempt against Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi, left, of France, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. dunks against Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic, below center, of Serbia, as forward Jeff Green, left, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, right, steals the ball from Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Clippers forward Mike Scott, left, and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, above, foul Wizards forward Jeff Green before he can take a shot during the first half of Sunday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr., right, gets trapped by Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, and guard Patrick Beverley, center, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams, right, steals the ball from Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr., center, as guard Milos Teodosic (4), of Serbia, assists Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, center, takes off for a dunk against Washington Wizards forward Jeff Green, left, and guard Bradley Beal, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, right, shoots over Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr., left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, left, of Serbia, dunks against Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) and guard Jordan McRae (52) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 136-104. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Clippers center Boban Marjanovic, right, of Serbia, hugs Washington Wizards guard Tomas Satoransky, left, of the Czech Republic, after the Clippers defeat the Wizards 136-104 in an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, protects the ball after stealing it from Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, above, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 15Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, protects the ball after stealing it from Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, above, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers did their part to bring joy to L.A. on the day of the Great Sports Equinox.Across the city on Sunday, L.A. went a disappointing 3-2. The Dodgers failed to cling to life in the World Series, and Major League Soccer’s Galaxy couldn’t make it out of the regular season, but the NFL’s Rams and NHL’s Kings won, and after all that, the Clippers put another tally in the win column, clobbering the Washington Wizards 136-104 at Staples Center.The Clippers (4-2) shot 54 percent from the field, 55 percent from deep and equaled an NBA best this season with nine players in double figures as they moved the ball proficiently, assisting on 35 of their 56 field goals.“When we get misses and run, and get the floor space and just … keep things simple, we’re really good,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We had a little stretch in the beginning of the third, just too much dribbling, and then we got back to the ball hops, the ball finds the energy. And when we play like that, the way we play defense, then we’re really good.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory A game after their reserves contributed a franchise-record 85 points in a 133-113 victory Friday at Houston, the Clippers got another big boost from their bench – which accounted for 73 points against the Wizards.Rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists – including a 3-point splash from 40 feet to beat the first-quarter buzzer and put the Clippers ahead 28-20.Following a brief video tribute during a timeout, former Clipper Austin Rivers entered the game for the first time with 3:54 left in the first quarter. Doc Rivers’ son finished with nine points and three assists in 22 minutes. Bradley Beal led Washington with 20 points.Wizards a season ago, Marcin Gortat (four points, eight rebounds) and Mike Scott (11 points) also contributed in their first game against their former team.And in 11 fourth-quarter minutes, fan favorite Boban Marjanovic added 13 points and eight rebounds.“We have a lot of guys who are capable to fill it up any given night,” Bradley said. “Including Boban. He’s like instant buckets, man. And it’s fun to watch him play.”The Wizards’ Markieff Morris went down holding his face and had to be helped off the court late in the first half; he did not return and was said to be suffering concussion symptoms. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more