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Philly Democrat mayor sets up center for government benefits

Mayor Nutter's office said Tuesday that it had established six centers where residents will be able to get help applying for a host of government benefits, including food stamps, Medicare, and tax breaks. "Every year, eligible Philadelphia residents ...

Social Security closes offices as baby boomers age

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional ...

Tax Dollars for Lingerie?

A Louisiana lingerie store does not discriminate against its customers and it also does not judge how they want to pay for their purchases -- even if they are made with Electronic Benefits Transfer cards. The sign on the front of Kiss My Lingerie in ...

Signing up for Medicaid can put your assets at risk

More than 200,000 low-income Illinoisans have applied for new coverage under Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance that was expanded in Illinois and several other states as part of the Affordable Care Act. But for certain members of that group ...

Octomom charged with welfare fraud in California

LOS ANGELES -- Nadya Suleman, who gained fame as "Octomom" after giving birth to eight babies, has been charged with welfare fraud after failing to report $30,000 in earnings while she collected public assistance, authorities said Monday. Suleman, wh ...

Hundreds nabbed for food stamp fraud in just one county

An investigation launched from suspicion that Butler County's skyrocketing food assistance dollars may be attributed in part to fraud, abuse and misuse has resulted in the arrest of hundreds and a taxpayer savings of $5.2 million since July 2012. Abo ...

Feds fail to punish stores that aid food stamp cheats

Failure to police the store owners who served as enablers for food stamp fraud cost the government at least $12 million on top of the money lost to scams, according to investigators looking into problems in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistan ...

Military retirees could net less in cost-of-living raise

Military retirees across the country, including some of the thousands residing in U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller's 1st congressional district, are voicing objections to a much ballyhooed House budget agreement. The budget bill, passed last week and cheered as ...

The argument over buying junk food with food stamps

WASHINGTON -- Food stamps, the nation's premier poverty program, can buy just about anything that passes for edible on a supermarket shelf: chips, soft drinks, candy and all the other items known in common parlance as junk food. This fact, in tandem ...

Social Security benefits may be on table in budget talks

WASHINGTON _ With congressional budget negotiations moving behind closed doors, one item apparently on the table is changing the way cost-of-living adjustments are calculated for seniors, veterans and other recipients of government benefits. The cons ...


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