In Philadelphia, a bar code error has led to a delay in Social Security checks to some groups of people. The error has been corrected and those who did not receive their checks Jan. 12 will begin to see their benefits come in.
Area residents who did not receive their Social Security benefit checks as scheduled Jan. 12 should receive them today or Friday, officials said.
Aiden Diviny, a public affairs specialist from the Social Security Administration’s Philadelphia office, said approximately 405 people in the Hazleton area did not get checks in the mail.
“The first report we had was (Tuesday),” Diviny said Wednesday. “Our field offices reported to us that they had numerous calls and visits from people who didn’t get their benefit checks.”
Social Security officials worked with the U.S. Postal Service to track down the undelivered checks, he said, and on Wednesday afternoon, a supervisor in the postal service’s Lehigh Valley sorting facility found them.
According to Diviny, the checks were slated for delivery to area ZIP codes from 18201 to 18249.
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A plan for handing out $250 checks to Social Security recipients has been thwarted. President Obama and the Democrats are behind the extra money, while Republicans are against it.
WASHINGTON — House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday thwarted Democratic efforts to award $250 checks to Social Security recipients facing a second consecutive year without a cost-of-living increase.
President Barack Obama and Democrats have urged approval of the one-time payment, saying seniors barely getting by on their Social Security checks face undue hardships without the COLA increase.
But most Republicans contended that the nation couldn’t afford the estimated $14 billion cost of the payment, and that the COLA freezes in 2010 and 2011 come after seniors received a significant boost in 2009.
The measure was brought up under a fast-track procedure in the House that required a two-thirds majority for passage. The… continue reading
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