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April 11, 2024
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Dr. Val Arkoosh is informing Pennsylvanians of a text message scam targeting individuals who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits wherein a text message claims that an individual’s EBT card has been “LOCKED” and
April 5, 2024
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a new report finding that more borrowers paid “discount points” upfront as overall interest rates rose. The percentage of homebuyers paying discount points roughly doubled from 2021 to 2023.
April 2, 2024
The Department of Human Services reminded Pennsylvanians with low incomes who need assistance covering the cost of home heating bills to apply for LIHEAP before the end of the day on Friday, April 5, 2024. It was also announced that LIHEAP Cash payments will resume once funds are received from the
April 1, 2024
The Internal Revenue Service, as part of its Dirty Dozen scam series , warns taxpayers to watch out for scammers attempting to sell or offer help setting up an Online Account on IRS.gov. The goal for these criminals is getting personal tax and financial information that can be used to commit
April 1, 2024
Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry is encouraging Pennsylvanians with qualifying student loans to take action before April 30 to receive significant credit towards loan forgiveness — or, in some cases, full forgiveness of remaining balances depending on the borrower’s repayment plan
April 1, 2024
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will be hosting an informational webinar entitled Language Access Update on April 11, 2024 from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM Eastern. The session will review SSA's new Language Access Plan for Fiscal Years 2024-2026 . This informational webinar will provide details about
March 29, 2024
The Social Security Administration (SSA) plans to raise the fee cap for claimants’ representatives, from $7,200 to $9,200, when they and their client agree to use what is known as a “fee agreement process.”
March 29, 2024
The Social Security Administration announced it will decrease the default overpayment withholding rate for Social Security beneficiaries to ten percent (or $10, whichever is greater) from 100 percent, significantly reducing financial hardship on people with overpayments.

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