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Social Security payments late to 8,000 RI residents

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More than 8,000 Rhode Islanders are waiting for Social Security payments that were delayed by a hitch in the electronic transfer of funds.

The state's Department of Human Services announced Tuesday that it's looking into why payments that were supposed to go out on Monday were held up.

In all, more than 32,000 Rhode Islanders were scheduled to receive payments, which are part of the state supplemental Social Security Income benefit program. The federal government administers the payments.

State officials say they believe the problem was caused by a change in the banking institutions which handle the payments. All of those whose payments are delayed receive their benefits electronically.

The state says it's working with the federal government to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

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