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Report: Social Security Disability Fund to Run Dry Next Year

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year, the government said Wednesday, handing lawmakers a fiscal and political crisis in the middle of a presidential campaign. The trustee ...

Medicaid enrollment surges, stirs worry about state budgets

ATLANTA (AP) — More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back st ...

Judge: Maine can withhold some welfare payments to cities

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration doesn't have to reimburse cities and towns for welfare provided to some immigrants who can't prove they're living in the U.S. legally but can't otherwise penalize municipalities for a ...

Facing $1 billion deficit, Arizona sharply limits welfare

PHOENIX (AP) — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona's Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation. Low-income families on welfare will now have their benefits cut off af ...

Obamacare has led to growth in food stamps in some states

CHICAGO (AP) -- President Barack Obama's health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. New, streamlined application systems built for ...

Kansas welfare bill would limit ATM withdrawals to $25 a day

TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) -- Both houses of the Kansas legislature have passed legislation that, in addition to preventing welfare recipients from spending funds at places like movie theaters and nail salons, would limit ATM withdrawals to $25 each day. The ...

States to test ways to put food stamp recipients to work

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ten states will test new ways to get food stamp recipients back to work, using Agriculture Department grants aimed at helping some of the 46 million Americans who receive benefits move off the rolls. The grants come as the Republic ...

Say what? Social Security data says 6.5M in US reach age 112

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are getting older, but not this old: Social Security records show that 6.5 million people in the U.S. have reached the ripe old age of 112. In reality, only few could possibly be alive. As of last fall, there were only 42 ...

Census: 1 in 5 children on food stamps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation's economy tumbled in 2008. Numbers released by the Census Bureau Wednesday as part of its annual look at children and families show th ...

Gov. Scott Walker wants jobless, food stamp recipients to face drug tests

[caption id="attachment_2996" align="alignright" width="300"] (File Photo)[/caption]Wisconsin could have one of the nation's most sweeping drug-testing requirements for those receiving public benefits if the proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to test thos ...


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