GA in the know: New Social Security benefits and financial top news for August 19

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The big head start: 12 new Social Security ‘compassionate allowances’

The Social Security Administration has added 12 new health regulations under its Compassionate Allowances program, meaning people with these conditions will now have faster access to Social Security benefits. Are you eligible?

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SNAP Spotlight: Rhode Island Makes Progress Against Food Insecurity in the Elderly

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee — joined by Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos, Speaker of the House K. Joseph Shekarchi and other elected leaders and advocates — recently passed legislative and budgetary initiatives to support seniors. The move recognizes that many seniors face food insecurity, whether they are retired or otherwise.

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That’s interesting: how do I fight overpaid Social Security?

Getting a bigger check than you should from the Social Security Administration may seem like a windfall at first glance, but what it really means is that you have to wade through the bureaucratic gears to deal with the overpayment.

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Bonus: Student Loan Vacation May End Soon – How Do You Start Paying Back Your Debt?

The federal student loan payment moratorium comes to an end on September 1 after nearly two and a half years of loan payment hiatus. Whether a renewal occurs or not, borrowers will need to prepare to resume payments.

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