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Do You Qualify for Lifeline? You Can Get a FREE Cell Phone

If you qualify for the Lifeline program above, you can get a free cell phone through this benefit. Read this information to find out how.

Lifeline and Link-up Benefits for Alabama

Need help paying your phone bill? You can get help through Lifeline & Link-Up. If you get Medicaid, Food Stamps, SSI, TANF, LIHEAP or you have a Section 8 voucher, you may be eligible - read this information to find out.

Save Those Papers!

In order to protect your rights, you may need to use papers others have given you. This fact sheet tells you what papers you should save.

Tips for Dealing With Government Offices and Agencies

In order to receive certain benefits, you must give an agency some information about yourself. It is very important to give correct information to agencies. This document contains tips on how to do this.

Protect Your Social Security and SSI

Creditors and other people with a judgment against you will often have the Sheriff serve papers on your bank. The papers tell the bank to use your account to pay the judgment. Answer five important questions in this document to see if you can protect your money.

SSI & Fleeing Felons

Can Fleeing Felons Receive SSI? NO. Social Security started cutting fleeing felons off in 2000. This document provides more detailed information.

When People Help You While You Wait for SSI

When you apply for SSI, it can take a long time before you get your first check. During this time, you have to find a way to get by and you may get gifts or loans from friends or family. Whether the help is a gift or loan can make a big difference in the amount of back SSI benefits you can get. Read this document for more information.

Are you eligible for Social Security benefits? Can you apply online?

Find out if you are eligible for benefits, file for retirement, spouse's and disability benefits, get a benefit verification statement or request a replacement form SSA-1099.

Don't Have a Bank Account? You Can Get Your Benefit Through the Direct Express Card

The Direct Express® card is a new debit card you can use to access your benefits. And you don't need a bank account. Read this document for the following information: What is the Direct Express® card? Why should I sign up for the Direct Express® card? How do I use the card? How secure is the card? Can I use the card without any fees? Are there any fees? How do I sign up? Also in Spanish/Español

Did Social Security Stop Your Benefits Because You Had an Arrest Warrant?

You may be able to start your benefits again. You may also be able to get thousands of dollars in back benefits. Read this document for more information.

Coping With SSI and Social Security Overpayments

If Social Security thinks you have gotten too much money in your social security or SSI check, they will send you a Notice of Overpayment. This document explains what you can do if this happens.

Making a Repayment Agreement for Overpayment

How to make a repayment agreement with SSA when there's been an overpayment

Requesting a Waiver of Overpayment

If an SSI or Social Security overpayment was not your fault, SSA will not make you give the money back.

Requesting Reconsideration of Overpayment and Appealing

If you think SSA is wrong in its decision, file a request for reconsideration.

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