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Mark Miller: Remaking Retirement

The Trouble With Social Security COLAs and Medicare Premiums

Meager cost-of-living adjustments coupled with Part B increases continue to erode the standard of living for many retirees.

It's become an annual two-part reminder of the bite that healthcare costs can take in retirement.

In October, Social Security announces the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for the year to come. About one month later, Medicare follows up, posting the new monthly standard Medicare Part B premium.