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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 ...

Food stamp use explodes under Obama

Food stamp distribution in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro area exploded by 75 percent between 2007 and 2012. The number of households receiving federal assistance under the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program ballooned to 35,256 in 2012 from ...

Views of Older Americans on Social Security changes

CHICAGO - Raise the age at which you can begin collecting full Social Security benefits? Older Americans say no. They also veto reductions in the cost-of-living increase. But a poll finds support among those 50 and older for raising the cap on earnin ...


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