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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree Announces Seniors, Veterans to Receive $250 Checks

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announces seniors, veterans to receive $250 checks

Distribution of payments starting today; Maine residents to receive over $72 million

Starting today, $250 checks will be going to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries in Maine, according to Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. The one-time payments are part of the economic recovery act passed by Congress and signed by the President earlier this year.

"When we passed the stimulus package, we wanted to get money back into the economy as quickly as possible. These stimulus payments to seniors, disabled veterans and SSI recipients does just that. Combined with the middle class tax cut that is part of the stimulus, we're putting more money where it does the most good—in the pockets of millions of Americans."

Payments to Social Security and SSI recipients will start going out today and be mailed out in batches over a four-week period. Later in May similar $250 payments will go out to Railroad Retirement Board beneficiaries, followed by Veteran Compensation and Pension beneficiaries in June. Altogether, Maine residents will receive over $72 million in payments.

"If you receive benefits under one of these programs, you can expect a check for $250," Pingree said. "If you're eligible, the check will come to you automatically. You don't have to do anything to apply."

To receive the payments, individuals needed to be eligible for benefits during November 2008, December 2008 or January 2009.

If someone receives payment from more than one of these agencies, that person will still only get one payment of $250.

If by June 4 you have not received a payment and you think you should have, contact the Social Security office.

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