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  • USDA Approves Maine to Accept SNAP Benefits Online

    USDA Approves Maine to Accept SNAP Benefits Online

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Approves Maine to Accept SNAP Benefits Online | site |


    USDA is expanding access to innovative online food purchase program


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: December 31, 2020) (Washington, D.C., December 31, 2020) - - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced approval of a request from Maine to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This approval will allow Maine to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start date to be announced at a later time. Maine’s SNAP participation is more than 144,000 individuals, more than 78,000 households, and totals $204 million annually in federal benefits. This announcement further demonstrates President Trump’s whole of America approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic by...
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  • IRS gives Year-end reminder - - - Expanded Tax Benefits help Individuals and Businesses give to Charity during 2020

    IRS gives Year-end reminder: Expanded Tax Benefits help Individuals and Businesses give to Charity during 2020 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release: December 18, 2020)

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today explained how expanded tax benefits can help both individuals and businesses give to charity before the end of this year.

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, includes four temporary tax changes that are designed to help people and businesses who give to charity this year. Here is a rundown of these key changes.


    New deduction for people who don't itemize

    Individuals who elect to take the standard deduction generally cannot claim a deduction for their charitable contributions. However, the CARES Act permits these individuals to claim a limited deduction on their 2020 federal income tax returns for...
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  • CMS Approves Nebraska Medicaid Demonstration to Provide Pathway to Enhanced Benefits for Eligible Adults

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approves Nebraska Medicaid Demonstration to Provide Pathway to Enhanced Benefits for Eligible Adults | site |



    (October 20, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published today, October 20, 2020, the following information:

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its approval of Nebraska’s new Medicaid Section 1115 demonstration called “Heritage Health Adult.” This demonstration is designed to create a pathway for certain Nebraska adults with newly gained Medicaid coverage to access additional benefits if they participate in certain activities to promote health and independence. This demonstration is effective October 20, 2020, through March 31, 2026, with implementation beginning April 1, 2021.


    “Governor Ricketts and his team deserve credit for responding to President Trump’s invitation to design innovative state-led solutions that promote
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  • IRS lists some popular Tax Benefits renewed for 2019 - - IRS Publication 17 helps with 2019 Taxes

    IRS lists some popular Tax Benefits renewed for 2019 - - IRS Publication 17 helps with 2019 Taxes| site |



    (February 26, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that it is processing tax returns claiming benefits extended or changed by recent legislation. Most taxpayers can file when they are ready – and as they normally would – if they are eligible for one or more of these benefits and claim them on their 2019 federal tax return.

    Taxpayers can get the most out of various tax benefits and get useful tips on preparing their 2019 federal income tax returns by consulting a free, comprehensive tax guide available on IRS.gov. Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, features an in-depth look at on tax changes for 2019 including recent legislative changes and covers the general rules for filing a federal income tax return. It supplements
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  • Newly-revised IRS Publication explains Tax Benefits for Members of the Military

    Newly-revised IRS Publication explains Tax Benefits for Members of the Military| site |



    (February 24, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has released its newly-revised tax guide, designed to help members of the military understand the many special tax benefits available to them under the law.

    Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide, now posted on IRS.gov, is packed with useful filing tips for any member of the military, including reservists and the National Guard, regardless of whether they are stationed in the U.S. or abroad. Among other things, this free publication describes the provision allowing armed forces reservists to deduct their reservist-related travel expenses, regardless of whether they itemize their deductions. It also describes the moving expense deduction still available to active-duty members of the military in connecti
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Extends Benefits to Offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans January 1st

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Extends Benefits to Offshore Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans January 1st| site |



    Law also affects survivors of Veterans, certain dependents and Veteran homebuyers


    (December 12, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) begins deciding Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 claims, Jan. 1, 2020, extending the presumption of herbicide exposure that include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Prior to the measure, only Vietnam War Veterans who served on the ground in Vietnam or within Vietnam’s inland waterways were eligible to receive disability compensation and other benefits based on a presumption of herbicide exposure. Signed into law June 25, the law specifically affects Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veter...
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  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management marks Open Season for Federal Benefits Begins

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management marks Open Season for Federal Benefits Begins| site |



    (November 11, 2019) - - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management published (today, November 11, 2019), the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) marked the start of this year’s Federal Benefits Open Season, allowing eligible enrollees to select their health, dental, vision, or flexible spending account benefits for the year 2020.

    OPM has updated its Plan Comparison Tools to make it easier for enrollees to make informed decisions when choosing a plan. The tools allow customers to compare and contrast plans by their cost of monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and annual out-of-pocket maximums.

    Visit www.opm.gov/openseason for a complete listing of plan information, rates, and Open Season resources. _____ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ ____ FAST
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Prioritizing all Pending Veterans Benefits Appeals Claims for Victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Prioritizing all Pending Veterans Benefits Appeals Claims for Victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael



    Washington, DC - - (October 30, 2018) - - Veterans impacted by recent hurricanes Florence and Michael will now have their pending appeals claims for benefits prioritized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), department officials announced.

    VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals has determined that the significant effects of hurricanes Florence and Michael were sufficient cause for the Board to advance the appeals for counties in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia determined to be disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “Accelerating the decision process on pending appeals claims for those Veterans and their families affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael is the right thing to do,” s
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Provides Compliance Assistance Resources To Secure Employee Benefits

    U.S. Department of Labor Provides Compliance Assistance Resources To Secure Employee Benefits



    Washington, DC - - (October 24, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has developed compliance assistance resources to help protect employee benefits. EBSA's goal is to help workers by restoring plan assets and securing the payment of promised benefits, and to help employee benefit officials understand the law. These tools give employee benefit plans the ability to self-correct violations, and further the goals of the Department's recently announced Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) to encourage and facilitate compliance.

    The Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program explains what corrective action is required and provides a mechanism for relief from enforcement actions and excise taxes under the Internal Revenue Code for 19 separate
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Replacement SNAP Benefits in 12 Hurricane-Impacted Florida Counties

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Announces Replacement SNAP Benefits in 12 Hurricane-Impacted Florida Counties


    Washington, DC - - (October 16, 2018) - - Households impacted by Hurricane Michael in 12 Florida counties could be eligible for mass replacement of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced. This is one of several steps USDA is taking to ensure Floridians in need have the means to purchase food. “Many Florida residents lost everything, including food they had previously purchased with their SNAP benefits,” said Acting Deputy Under Secretary Brandon Lipps, who oversees USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. “The replacement of SNAP benefits will help victims restock the food they need as they begin the long process of recovery,” Lipps said. Rather than require SNAP households to report food losses individuall...
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  • Forever GI Bill expands VA Educational Benefits

    Forever GI Bill expands VA Educational Benefits

    Forever GI Bill expands VA Educational Benefits



    15 provisions enhance benefits for Veterans


    Washington, DC - - (August 2, 2018) - - Effective Aug. 1, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented 15 more provisions of the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also referred to as the Forever GI Bill. These provisions, in addition to the 13 implemented since the law was signed less than a year ago, will have an immediate and positive impact on Veterans and their families using VA benefits to pursue their educational goals. “We are excited to get the word out about implementation of the provisions,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “From the day the Forever GI Bill was signed into law, VA, in collaboration with Veterans service organizations, state approving agencies and school certifying officials, has taken an expansive approach to ensure earn
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  • U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration Issues Field Assistance Bulletin

    U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration Issues Field Assistance Bulletin





    Editor's note: Also addressed is a temporary enforcement policy related to the Department of Labor’s rule defining who is a “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Code), etc.



    Washington, DC - - (May 7, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration today announced Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2018-02, “Temporary Enforcement Policy on Prohibited Transaction Rules Applicable to Investment Advice Fiduciaries.” The FAB may be viewed here .
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  • Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the Public Health Benefits from Enactment of Menu Labeling

    Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the Public Health Benefits from Enactment of Menu Labeling





    (May 7, 2018) - - Statement from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the Public Health Benefits from Enactment of Menu Labeling: Science tells us that improvements in diet and nutrition offer one of our greatest opportunities to have a profound and generational impact on human health, reducing the burden of chronic disease, from diabetes to cancer to heart disease. We know that many Americans both want and use nutritional information on food package labels to make decisions about what to eat to help improve their health. But consumers can’t always access similar information at their favorite restaurant chains. Or there is little consistency in the information that they receive. Yet more Americans are eating meals away ...
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    USDA Approves Maine to Accept SNAP Benefits Online
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Approves Maine to Accept SNAP Benefits Online | site |


    USDA is expanding access to innovative online food purchase program


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: December 31, 2020) (Washington, D.C., December 31, 2020) - - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced approval of a request from Maine to provide online purchasing of food to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households. This approval will allow Maine to expedite the implementation of online purchasing with currently authorized SNAP online retailers with a target start date to be announced at a later time. Maine’s SNAP participation is more than 144,000 individuals, more than 78,000 households, and totals $204 million annually in federal benefits. This announcement further demonstrates President Trump’s whole of America approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic by...
    01-03-2021, 02:31 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    IRS gives Year-end reminder - - - Expanded Tax Benefits help Individuals and Businesses give to Charity during 2020
    by Staff Reporter 1
    IRS gives Year-end reminder: Expanded Tax Benefits help Individuals and Businesses give to Charity during 2020 | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Internal Revenue Service [IRS] press release: December 18, 2020)

    Washington - - The Internal Revenue Service today explained how expanded tax benefits can help both individuals and businesses give to charity before the end of this year.

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, includes four temporary tax changes that are designed to help people and businesses who give to charity this year. Here is a rundown of these key changes.


    New deduction for people who don't itemize

    Individuals who elect to take the standard deduction generally cannot claim a deduction for their charitable contributions. However, the CARES Act permits these individuals to claim a limited deduction on their 2020 federal income tax returns for...
    12-22-2020, 06:45 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    CMS Approves Nebraska Medicaid Demonstration to Provide Pathway to Enhanced Benefits for Eligible Adults
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approves Nebraska Medicaid Demonstration to Provide Pathway to Enhanced Benefits for Eligible Adults | site |



    (October 20, 2020) - - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published today, October 20, 2020, the following information:

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its approval of Nebraska’s new Medicaid Section 1115 demonstration called “Heritage Health Adult.” This demonstration is designed to create a pathway for certain Nebraska adults with newly gained Medicaid coverage to access additional benefits if they participate in certain activities to promote health and independence. This demonstration is effective October 20, 2020, through March 31, 2026, with implementation beginning April 1, 2021.


    “Governor Ricketts and his team deserve credit for responding to President Trump’s invitation to design innovative state-led solutions that promote
    ...
    10-23-2020, 12:20 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    IRS lists some popular Tax Benefits renewed for 2019 - - IRS Publication 17 helps with 2019 Taxes
    by Staff Reporter 1
    IRS lists some popular Tax Benefits renewed for 2019 - - IRS Publication 17 helps with 2019 Taxes| site |



    (February 26, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that it is processing tax returns claiming benefits extended or changed by recent legislation. Most taxpayers can file when they are ready – and as they normally would – if they are eligible for one or more of these benefits and claim them on their 2019 federal tax return.

    Taxpayers can get the most out of various tax benefits and get useful tips on preparing their 2019 federal income tax returns by consulting a free, comprehensive tax guide available on IRS.gov. Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, features an in-depth look at on tax changes for 2019 including recent legislative changes and covers the general rules for filing a federal income tax return. It supplements
    ...
    02-28-2020, 03:14 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Newly-revised IRS Publication explains Tax Benefits for Members of the Military
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Newly-revised IRS Publication explains Tax Benefits for Members of the Military| site |



    (February 24, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has released its newly-revised tax guide, designed to help members of the military understand the many special tax benefits available to them under the law.

    Publication 3, Armed Forces' Tax Guide, now posted on IRS.gov, is packed with useful filing tips for any member of the military, including reservists and the National Guard, regardless of whether they are stationed in the U.S. or abroad. Among other things, this free publication describes the provision allowing armed forces reservists to deduct their reservist-related travel expenses, regardless of whether they itemize their deductions. It also describes the moving expense deduction still available to active-duty members of the military in connecti
    ...
    02-25-2020, 08:47 AM

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