welfare http://kbia.org en Mo. House advances welfare reform legislation http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-advances-welfare-reform-legislation <p>Missourians could lose welfare benefits if they go too long without using them in the state under legislation advanced by the House.</p><p>The House gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday. It needs a second vote before moving to the state Senate.</p><p>Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families would be warned of possible suspensions if they go 60 days without using their electronic benefit card in Missouri. The Department of Social Services would suspend accounts if benefits went unused in Missouri after 90 days.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:26:13 +0000 Associated Press 50322 at http://kbia.org Mo. House advances welfare reform legislation Missouri auditor questions child care spending http://kbia.org/post/missouri-auditor-questions-child-care-spending <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri's&nbsp;auditor is raising concerns about state payments to subsidize child care costs for lower-income families.</span></p><p>Auditor Tom Schweich criticized the state Social Services Department for not having enough quality control over the payments. The findings were included in an audit issued Monday of nearly $12 million in federal funds received by&nbsp;Missouri.</p><p>Schweich found that one-third of the payments reviewed by his office were not supported by proper documentation or were not in compliance with department guidelines.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:41:15 +0000 Associated Press 50155 at http://kbia.org Missouri auditor questions child care spending Missouri Audit Alleges Misuse of EBT Cards By Some Welfare Recipients http://kbia.org/post/missouri-audit-alleges-misuse-ebt-cards-some-welfare-recipients A new audit released Tuesday finds that some welfare recipients in Missouri have used their benefits to buy things besides food and other daily necessities, while others may have moved away but continue to get in-state benefits.<p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The audit centers on the use of </span>EBT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (electronic benefit transfer) cards from Temporary Assistance to Needy Families,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a federal program administered on the state level in all 50 states.&#160; <a href="http://auditor.mo.gov/">Missouri Auditor Tom </a></span><a Wed, 18 Dec 2013 00:02:17 +0000 Marshall Griffin 45451 at http://kbia.org Missouri Audit Alleges Misuse of EBT Cards By Some Welfare Recipients Mo. department backing down on welfare contract http://kbia.org/post/mo-department-backing-down-welfare-contract <p>The Missouri Department of Social Services has announced it will scale back on its participation in a contract to move welfare recipients onto federal disability. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 32598 at http://kbia.org Mo. department backing down on welfare contract Mo. bill seeks to put photo on welfare cards http://kbia.org/post/mo-bill-seeks-put-photo-welfare-cards <p>The Missouri House has passed a bill that would require the state to seek a federal waiver to put photo IDs on electronic benefits cards. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:36:24 +0000 Associated Press 32591 at http://kbia.org Mo. bill seeks to put photo on welfare cards Missouri auditor examines welfare expenses http://kbia.org/post/missouri-auditor-examines-welfare-expenses <p>Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is questioning millions of dollars of welfare payments made to low-income residents.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:32:37 +0000 Associated Press 30669 at http://kbia.org Missouri auditor examines welfare expenses Law would prevent welfare money being spent at casinos, liquor stores http://kbia.org/post/law-would-prevent-welfare-money-being-spent-casinos-liquor-stores <p>A Missouri House bill aims to restrict the use of cash welfare benefits at casinos and liquor stores. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:00:40 +0000 Associated Press 27563 at http://kbia.org Law would prevent welfare money being spent at casinos, liquor stores