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SOCIAL SECURITY OVERPAYMENTS

Wabanaki Legal News, Summer 2011

Pine Tree Legal has been able to help several tribal members who received Notices of Overpayments from Social Security. There are several things you can do about overpayments, but it is very important to take action quickly when you receive a Notice. It becomes harder for us to help if you wait. If you ignore the notice, SSA will start taking money out of your payments. Contacting SSA promptly can stop the collection of the overpayment until a decision is made by SSA.

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Important Information for Canadian-Born Native Americans: SSI and Food Stamps and Border Crossing Rights

Wabanaki Legal News, Winter 1998


SSI and Food Stamps update:

Some Canadian-born Native Americans are being notified that they will lose benefits such as SSI and Food Stamps. When the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 was passed, Congress took benefits away from non-citizens, including legal aliens. The Notices sent to Canadian-born Native Americans treat this group as legal aliens. This group should not lose their benefits under this new law.

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