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Decrease in SSI Payments

My rent goes up 5% on Jan. 1. Prices for food, toiletries, pet supplies and transportation are rising as much as 10%. I have virtually no budget for recreation.

It feels like a double burden to have a severe medical illness and in addition not receive a cost-of-living increase. Such an increase would help me continue to live independently and with dignity.

SHEILA MEREWITZ, Los Angeles


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