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More on the EBT card system failure

In an e-mail from Jennifer Wasmer, Director, Services PR, Xerox Corporation, we have received a more detailed explanation of the events that shut down EBT card services in 17 states on Saturday. The unprecedented collapse of the Electronic Benefit Transaction card system affected low income Americans with SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or other, related benefits. The events of Saturday resulted in some violence and theft, as we reported yesterday.

Xerox glitch creates EBT card shutdown

EBT cards accepted here sign

Low income Americans in the former Food Stamp program and other, similar, assistance programs use the Electronic Benefits Transfer card (EBT) to purchase groceries. It works just like a debit card, or it is supposed to. On Saturday, users in 17 states found that their cards would not work from late morning through late afternoon. Xerox, through a division called Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc., provides the services necessary to operate the program in those states and a system failure turned Saturday into a confusing and concerning day for many.

Health Insurance Issues in America: 2012

Who has health insurance in the United States? Who needs health insurance in the United States. These are two similar questions, but the answers may be very different. Since the lack of health insurance is driving the debate about funding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), it is important to understand the data that is available. That data suggests that as many as half of those without insurance have it available and have not taken advantage of their options.

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