Social Security, SSI, SSDI Beneficiaries May Get Ripped Off by Non-SSA Debit Cards

August 31, 2010

Do you know someone who has bought a “temporary” debit card for their Social Security, SSI, SSDI benefits?  If it’s not a Direct Express card, it’s not the official Social Security Administration debit card. Other cards may cost beneficiaries more and even keep them from getting their benefits.

Social Security is moving toward the end of paper checks. Recipients without bank accounts now have the option to get special debit cards (much like EBT cards) where their monthly benefits will go electronically each month. Aside from the many problems that are anticipated with this shift, check cashing places may be redoubling their efforts to snag Social Security beneficiaries before they sign up for the official Direct Express card.

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UC Extensions Explained: 99 Weeks of Unemployment Still Available

August 25, 2010

The following information is a generalized and simplified attempt to explain the current rules  as of 8/2010 for unemployment compensation (UC) eligibility for Pennsylvania claimants.  These rules as stated here will not apply to everyone.  A UC claimant should consult with the UC Service Center about his/her own case.  Also, these rules may change over time, as temporary UC extension programs change or end. Each person’s eligibility for additional weeks under each of the following programs will depend upon the expiration date of the most recent amendment to federal law, which now expires on November 30, 2010.    The entire post is also a flyer that can be distributed: UC extensions explained updated 8-2010

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