Access restored to cash, food stamp benefits
A nationwide problem processing electronic benefit cards temporarily shut down recipients' access to cash and food stamp benefits Friday afternoon, according to a state Department of Public Welfare official.
J.P. Morgan, the vendor for EBT cards in Pennsylvania and other states across the country, experienced problems with its tandem processing system, said Anne Bale, a DPW spokeswoman. The issue was resolved and cards began working again about 1:30 p.m., Bale said.
Signs posted at some Wal-Mart, Shop ‘n Save and other stores in Western Pennsylvania notified customers the benefit cards were not working.
“I have not received any word that information was exposed,” Bale said. “I don't believe there are any concerns regarding the misuse of information.”
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.