$250 is in the mail

Question: Hello Chris. I got a letter stating that the 250.00 checks would be mail by the end of May. I notice that some people have already gotten theirs. My question: is there a website you can see when these checks go out and how they might be sending them on certain days? Or where the names of people and when they might be sending them. Thank you very much Donna, Spring, TX

Answer: According to the Social Security Administration, the federal government sent out the first of its more than 50 million payments on May 7th. The $250 payment to those on Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are being mailed out on a staggered schedule throughout May. The agency requests that you don't contact them about your payment unless you haven't gotten it by June 4th. You can read the entire statement here.

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