FAQ's

  • Notch Bulletin: Why were we singled out? Q: I turn 84 this year and am having problems making ends meet. Still, I’m very interested in NOTCH reform. Why were we singled out for less Social Security ? A: In 1977 Congress changed the formula for computing Social Security benefit amounts — a change that led to seniors who were born 1917 through 1926 ...
  • What Is The ‘Notch’? The term “Notch” refers to the disparity in Social Security benefits paid to people born from 1917 through 1926 and those paid to people born before and after them with similar work/earnings records. Many of those born during the Notch period feel they have not been treated fairly and are not receiving the benefits that ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions About TSCL & The Social Security Notch Issue What is TSCL? TSCL (TREA Senior Citizens League) consists of vocally active senior citizens concerned about the protection of their Social Security, Medicare, and veteran or military retiree benefits. TSCL was first established as a special project of The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA). On January 1, 1995, TSCL became an independent 501 citizens’ action organization. Does TSCL ...
  • Notch Bulletin: How Much Less Do Notch Babies Receive? Recently one of our readers asked “Is there a percentage as to how much less NOTCH BABIES receive monthly?” Although not many studies exist, according to one study of average earners born from 1917 through 1926, the disparity in benefits with other retirees seems to average about 26%. This question is signficant in light of proposals ...
  • Notch Bulletin: Does Your Representative Support Notch Reform? Help Us Build Key Support Now Members of Congress may lose an election but unlike other Americans, they never lose their retirement and health benefits.  A Member of the House or Senate who retires at age 60 after just 12 years in office will receive a Congressional pension of $25,000 a year and lifetime benefits that could total more than $800,000.  ...
  • Notch Bulletin: How Long Have Notch Babies Been Underpaid? I was born during the Notch period.  I would like to know how long Notch Babies have been underpaid.  In addition could you tell me if the underpayment has been corrected and if we are receiving the right amount now? — M.R. Fort Cobb, OK The “Notch” refers to a disparity in benefits that resulted when ...
  • How Much Less Do Notch Babies Receive? Recently one of our readers asked “Is there a percentage as to how much less NOTCH BABIES receive monthly?“ Although not many studies exist, according to one study of average earners born from 1917 through 1926, the disparity in benefits with other retirees seems to average about 26%. This question is signficant in light of proposals to ...
  • How Much Less Do Notch Babies Receive? Recently one of our readers asked “Is there a percentage as to how much less NOTCH BABIES receive monthly?“ Although not many studies exist, according to one study of average earners born from 1917 through 1926, the disparity in benefits with other retirees seems to average about 26%. This question is signficant in light of proposals to ...
  • Will Widows Of Notch Babies Be Included Under Notch Reform? “My husband passed away September 5, 2005.  What will happen to his lump-sum if they ever decide to pass Notch Reform?  What would happen to my lump-sum if I should die now?  Would my daughter get it?  It seems they are waiting for us all to die.” TSCL receives hundreds of comments like this from Notch ...
  • How Long After Passage Will It Take To Award Notch Benefits? Q: My mother was a Notch baby, born in 1919 and now my disabled brother receives her survivor’s benefits.  It is only fair that he receives whatever the government did not award my mother and other workers.  If The Notch Fairness Act is passed how long will it take to award survivors? A: The Notch that ...
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