The federal coronavirus relief bill has sent direct emergency payments to some 150 million Americans in the wake of the pandemic. Among the recipients are possibly millions of deceased individuals, raising questions about what their survivors should do with the money. After weeks of silence, the IRS has finally confirmed that the money should be returned and…

Shopping online has become a literal lifeline during the COVID-19 pandemic for many at-risk individuals.  But for millions of people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) who are currently unable to enter grocery stores, online shopping is not an option for purchasing food. Responding to demands from disability rights advocates, the federal government is now starting to modernize…

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has scaled back its normal operations, and this means that eligibility reviews and other  standard procedures for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries are suspended.  In general, these changes should make life easier for beneficiaries during the course of the pandemic. On March 17, the SSA…

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