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Issue Alert - 04-01-03

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Jan 05, 2004

Issue Summary:

Annual Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)

Persons Affected:

Recipients of Social Security benefits

For More Information:

Center for Civil Justice320 S. Washington, 2nd Floor Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 755-3120, (800) 724-7441 (989) 755-3558 FaxEmail:


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What's Happening?

The standard Part B Medicare premium is $66.60 per month starting January 2004. Adult foster care and county infirmary provider rates have been increased for State Disability Assistance (SDA) budgets in January 2004. Food Assistance Program (FAP) - The annual COLA increases will require manual updating if a case is in negative action at the time of the update and/or if the total Social Security income for December is greater than the FAP gross income.

What Should Advocates Do?

Review the budgets to ensure budgeting is in the correct amount.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services office handle these type of cases, and they do not charge a fee. You can locate the free legal services or legal aid office that serves your county on the Michigan LawHelp website ( or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738.