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Americans May Receive Up to $4,194 Direct Payments This Month; Can Your Children Receive Benefits?

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Up to $1,500 Direct Payment will be given to homeowners and renters. (Photo: iStock)

Earlier this week, officials said Americans receiving child support and social security benefits are receiving additional assistance through direct payments during these difficult times. 

Direct Payments: New Mexico Changes Child Support Distribution

In a New Mexico Department of Human Services statement, authorities changed the distribution of child support payments for those living in the state.

Households that are currently seeking Temporary Assistance for Needy Families are receiving more child support payments from the HSD.

The pass-through monies will be distributed as follows:

  • a raise of $100 to $200 for households with two or more kids when at least the equivalent amount of child support is paid;
  • $100 for families with one child when at least the equivalent amount in child support is paid

David R. Scrase, M.D., cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department, said low-income families and children in New Mexico would gain from this move.

“A pass-through of an additional $100 can make a real difference to a family who is living below the federal poverty line, which is what it takes to even qualify for TANF cash assistance,” Scrase added.

Social Security Payments

Meanwhile, several beneficiaries may receive the first Social Security retirement benefits for 2023 soon, which might reach a total of $4,194.

The specific amount of money the recipient will get from these checks will depend on several factors, including their decision as to when to retire and start receiving Social Security benefits. 

Only retirees 70 or older are eligible for the maximum prize of $4,194. The maximum monthly benefit for individuals who retired at age 67 is $3,345 while the maximum monthly benefit for beneficiaries who retired at age 62 is $2,364.

The first payment of recipients’ retirement benefits will always be made by the SSA on the second Wednesday of the month, and the third payment will always be made on the fourth Wednesday of that same month. 

According to the administration’s calendar, those who were born between the first and tenth of a particular month will get the benefits that are scheduled to be delivered on January 11. The Washington Examiner said the recipients would get this month’s retirement benefits on the following Wednesdays. 

The first payment is made on January 18 to individuals whose birthdays fall between January 11 and January 20, while the last payment is made on January 25 to those whose birthdays fall between January 21 and January 31.

Use the phone to contact the Social Security Administration if you are eligible for the said payment or experiencing any other issues. According to CNET, the phone numbers for these governmental organizations are as follows:

  • Social Security Disability hotline: 800-772-1213
  • Social Security Authority hotline: 800-772-1213
  • Medicare phone number: 800-633-4227
  • Social Security Fraud hotline: 800-269-0271


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