Annual Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)
On August 12, 2021, MainePERS Board of Trustees adopted the 2021 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) using the Consumer Price Index – Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rate compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on June 30, 2021, as the basis for COLA for all pension plans to which it applies. Since the June 30, 2021 rate was 5.4%, all plans will receive the maximum COLA allowable by law.
Eligible recipients will first see the COLA reflected in their September pension payment.
Eligible State, Teacher, Judicial, and Legislative retirement plan retirees will receive the 3% COLA on their benefit up to $22,947.11 (which is the 2021 base), or a maximum increase of $57.37/month. The 2021 COLA-base will increase by 3%, to $23,635.52. The total amount that will be paid to the approximately 37,100 eligible benefit recipients in these plans during the next 12 months as a result of the 2021 COLA is expected to be approximately $18,300,000.
Eligible Participating Local District – Consolidated Plan (PLD) retirees will receive a 2.5% COLA on their current benefit. The total amount that will be paid to the approximately 8,600 eligible benefit recipients in this plan during the next 12 months as a result of the 2021 COLA is expected to be approximately $3,900,000.
You can read more about eligibility requirements and how your plan implements this COLA by clicking your COLA info below. You can also call our office at 800-451-9800 and speak with one of our service representatives.