With average low temperatures ranging from the single digits to highs in the 20s Fahrenheit in North Dakota in December and January, it’s not too early to budget for and explore programs that are available to help pay winter heating bills.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is warning North Dakotans of a recent increase in the number of people reporting scam calls claiming that their Social Security number had been compromised. Unfortunately, several people have fallen victim to the scam.
At an average cost of $9,215 per month for care, skilled nursing care is expensive. The North Dakota Medicaid program helps qualifying individuals pay for the cost of long-term care services in both nursing homes and in individuals’ own homes and other community settings.
Nearly four million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of paper check. The determination of which taxpayers receive a debit card was made by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, another part of the U.S. Treasury Department that works with the IRS to handle distribution of the payments.
Scam artists are profiting from unsuspecting elderly North Dakotans during this time of social distancing and social isolation, warned Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) wants to make sure North Dakotans who need financial assistance with phone or internet service are aware of the Lifeline Program. Lifeline is a program that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet service for those who qualify.
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