Because my column usually has a one- or two-week lead time before publication, it’s almost impossible for me to give my readers any real “news” about Social Security. And this was demonstrated once again recently, when the Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2012 Social Security checks.
In case you were vacationing in Borneo and missed it, monthly benefits will go up 3.6 percent beginning with January’s Social Security checks. That’s now old news. But other increases tied into the annual COLA adjustment didn’t make most news stories. I’ll share them here.