Javascript is not enabled.

Javascript must be enabled to use this site. Please enable Javascript in your browser and try again.

Skip to content
Content starts here
CLOSE ×
Search
Leaving AARP.org Website

You are now leaving AARP.org and going to a website that is not operated by AARP. A different privacy policy and terms of service will apply.

What You Need to Know About the Chained CPI

Here's how the budget proposal now being considered by Congress and the president could cut the value of your Social Security benefits


Most everyone has heard of the Consumer Price Index, or CPI. It's used to make the annual cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security and other federal programs that help millions of seniors keep up with inflation. But do you know about the chained CPI?

See also: Chained CPI Calculator: How much would your benefit be cut?

In this AARP whiteboard video, David Certner, AARP director of legislative policy, explains why a proposal that some politicians in Washington are pushing to cut federal spending may seem like a little thing, but in truth it could have a big impact on Social Security and veterans benefits.

spinner image Image Alt Attribute

AARP Membership— $12 for your first year when you sign up for Automatic Renewal

Get instant access to members-only products and hundreds of discounts, a free second membership, and a subscription to AARP the Magazine. Find out how much you could save in a year with a membership. Learn more.

Join Now

Discover AARP Members Only Access

Join AARP to Continue

Already a Member?