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An audit of the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) issued Tuesday revealed millions of dollars in “questionable benefits,” including millions paid out to dead people. According to Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump, the audit identified 1,164 cases in which welfare recipients continued to receive benefits from six to 27 months after they had died. These dead individuals received $2.39 million in total.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by sonnny1
Now I'll tell ya, if they want to put forward real reform measures that mean something? I'm all for it and don't care who on Capital Hill comes up with it. In meaning something, I'd refer to going after what you cite there. Dead people, upper-middle class or others well outside the realm of who was ever meant to see a benefit like this and those who just outright fraud the system as a way of life.
Very much like Medicaid and Medicare. There is abuse so widespread, it's a wonder the programs function at all. To just cut them though, would kill people who did nothing wrong, right? I think the biggest shame of it is that real reform and real change is not easy or quick. It would take a year or two of serious and hard work to ferret out the people even the best of us would agree, need located and legally thumped on with fraud charges or worse. (The lottery winner awhile back comes to mind...and without her own big mouth? No one would likely have ever known)
What burns my buns and puts a kink in my floppy ears is how Politicians of all stripes go for sexy answers with great sounding tags for the media. 2 billion saved! ... Sounds great... When we all know they could never predict or guess at the true amount saved by truly hunting down the criminal side of the abuse. They chose a number and told their staff to find a way to write something which made it happen.
Originally posted by EViLKoNCEPTz
SNAP can only be used for food. You can't even buy toilet paper with it. Anything not approved is kicked back at ring up for a secondary total to be paid by other means like cash or debit card. Cash assistance can get cash back but they don't give you much. For the 4 of us the max we could have gotten for cash assistance was $160, $40 each for the month. We got denied for cash assistance due to too much income when our only income at the time was nothing. We were having to borrow money from our parents to feed our 2 sons and couldn't even get cash assistance. We got $180 a month in SNAP for 4 of us. Tell me how well you can feed 2 grown adults and 2 growing young children on $180 a month.
I heard the crap you wrote, spewed forth for the last 40 years or so. It hasn't worked out that way has it? Think it's time for a new plan yet?
By providing good education, promoting good morals and responsibility, empowering parents and access to prophylactics and other family planing setups and laws (from adoption to abortion).