Americans Receive Two Social Security Payments in a Single Week

This week will bring an unusual occurrence as individuals in the United States who receive Social Security benefits will receive two payments in one week, resulting in an unexpected bonus. This departure from the usual is a result of the complex regulations surrounding retirement and disability benefits.

Under ordinary circumstances, the Social Security Administration adheres to a weekly payment schedule based on beneficiaries’ birthdays. However, this week deviates from the usual practice, granting certain recipients the rare opportunity to collect both retirement and disability benefits within the same timeframe.

Typically, Social Security payments are disbursed on Wednesdays of the month, contingent upon the recipient’s date of birth. The payment calendar varies, with individuals who qualified for benefits on or before May 1997 consistently receiving their checks on the third day of each month.

For the majority, the day of payment hinges on their birth date. Those born between the 1st and 10th of the month received their allocations on the second Wednesday of February, falling on February 14. Likewise, individuals born between the 11th and 20th received disbursements on February 21, the third Wednesday of the month. Finally, those born in the latter part of any month are slated to receive payments on February 28.

Yet, the wave of financial relief doesn’t end there. March heralds another round of payments for Social Security recipients, including those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. SSI disbursements are scheduled for March 1, followed by Social Security checks on March 3.

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March Benefits Disbursement

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This week will bring an unusual occurrence as individuals in the United States who receive Social Security benefits will receive two payments in one week, resulting in an unexpected bonus.

Furthermore, beneficiaries enrolled in the system since 1997 or earlier, alongside expatriates, can anticipate their benefits on March 1. Subsequent payments in March will adhere to the conventional schedule based on recipients’ birthdays, falling on the second, third, and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

This year saw a boost in benefits for recipients, with payments rising by 3.2 percent, reflective of the calculated cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for the year. The highest-earning beneficiaries who retired at age 70 are poised to receive payments of $4,873 monthly, while the average benefit stands at $3,822. Those who retired at 62, the youngest possible age, are entitled to $2,710 per month this year.

While the across-the-board increase averages $50 monthly due to COLA, many seniors remain dissatisfied, especially considering the 8.7 percent COLA in 2023. Critics argue that the method used by the SSA to calculate payment adjustments, primarily based on the consumer price index, fails to adequately consider seniors’ expenses related to housing and healthcare.

Jonathan Price, the national retirement practice leader at employee benefits consulting firm Segal, previously highlighted the need for a nuanced approach, stressing that the adequacy of the annual COLA varies greatly depending on individual retirees’ circumstances and needs.

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