The cost-of-living increase to Social Security of 0.3 percent next year is a joke [“$3.92 rise for Social Security beneficiaries,” News, Oct. 19]. For me, that will amount to about $3 a month.

I’ve been told my Medicare premiums and coverage options will increase by $38 a month. To add insult to injury, medical benefit prices are being raised for younger recipients versus older ones.

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Clearly, the federal government has decided not to cut benefit payments, as that looks bad to voters. Instead, the government will give a small or no increase, while creating a two-tier system in which newer recipients pay more as the years go by.

Why don’t all recipients face the same dollar-amount increases? Will the government keep squeezing Social Security payments while increasing the gap between older and slightly younger recipients?

Therese Madonia, Farmingville