Good News: You are getting $250 and you don’t have to do anything to get it. You don’t even have to file a 2008 tax return, you just have to be getting the right benefits. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a one-time payment of $250 will go to adults who receive Social Security Retirement, Disability, Railroad Retirement and Veterans Benefits.

Recipients must have received eligible benefit payments in November or December 2008 or January 2009. However those who receive Medicaid in care facilities will not receive the payment.

The payment should be made in May. It will be made separately from the usual monthly payments, but will be delivered in the same way as your usual benefit. So, if you usually have your check direct-deposited to your bank account, this check will also be delivered that way.

This payment is automatic – no one from the Social Security Administration will be contacting you in order to process your payment. Avoid Fraud! Do not give out your Social Security number or other personal information to anyone who calls or emails claiming to be a Social Security employee.