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Politics
8:52 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kinkade named Missouri social services director

A longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services has been appointed as its new director.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:26 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Missouri has backlog of Medicaid applications

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Missouri has a backlog of about 22,000 parents and children waiting to learn whether they will be covered by Medicaid.

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Health
4:42 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Missouri cites problems with feds' Medicaid referrals

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Missouri has received the names of more than 25,000 people determined to be potentially eligible for Medicaid through the federal government's online insurance marketplace.

But none of those people have been added to Missouri's Medicaid program yet.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the data from the federal government is not in a format that can easily be used by Missouri's Medicaid officials.

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Politics
8:32 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Nixon proposes 3 percent pay raise for Mo. workers

Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing to spend $37.1 million to boost wages for state government workers.

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Proposed cut in food stamps will allow for public input

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps
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An official with the Missouri Department of Social Services briefed a House Interim Committee Monday on Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed rule change to cut able-bodied adults without children from the food stamp program if they don’t have a job.  

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Politics
8:47 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Mo. households to face drop in SNAP benefits

A sign for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP and formerly known as food stamps, will have its benefits reduced for every household across the nation for the first time in the program’s history Nov. 1.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:12 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Missouri seeks to tighten food stamp eligibility

A sign declares that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits are accepted at this store.
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Missouri is considering tightening food-stamp eligibility for thousands of adults.

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Politics
8:05 am
Tue July 23, 2013

State House committee tackles Department of Social Services, hears allegations of abuse

Credit Marshall Griffin- / St. Louis Public Radio

Two days of hearings are underway by an interim House committee looking into how well state agencies in Missouri are delivering services to their clients.

The hearings began with a critique of the Missouri Department of Social Services.  Dan Amsden with the group Spending Oversight Council testified that DSS officials are doing a poor job of preventing non-eligible people from receiving welfare benefits, and of tracking those who no longer need them.

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Politics
8:59 am
Fri June 14, 2013

House committee examining Social Services, other state agencies

Mo. House Communications

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:28 pm

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has created another interim committee, this time to examine how well state agencies respond to citizens who use their services.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:14 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Mo. Audit Gives 'Poor' Rating To Management Of Early Childhood Fund Grants

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 7:00 pm

The management of an early childhood fund by the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) has received a "poor" rating in a state audit released Monday.

State Auditor Tom Schweich (R) said the Early Childhood Development, Education and Care Fund provided more than $170,000 to three child care facilities that failed to open or expand their facilities as planned.

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Politics
2:32 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Missouri auditor examines welfare expenses

Tom Schweich is looking into 2012 budget welfare expenses.
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Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is questioning millions of dollars of welfare payments made to low-income residents.

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Politics
9:26 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Mo. stops releasing records in child tragedies

A joint newspaper investigation shows the Missouri Department of Social Services' practice of releasing information after the deaths or near deaths of children has come to an abrupt, unexplained halt.

After high-profile tragedies a decade ago, the state system charged with protecting children began releasing records previously closed to the public.

But the Springfield News-Leader and The Kansas City Star reported that the openness ended in June after a 10-year-old girl was freed from a Kansas City closet weighing 32 pounds.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Alan Freeman appointed new Mo. Social Services Director

Alan Freeman
St. Louis Integrated Health Network

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed a veteran executive of health care systems as director of the Department of Social Services. Alan Freeman is president and CEO of Grace Hill Health Centers, which operates five health care centers and a community health program in St. Louis.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Missouri Senate panel endorses roughly $24 billion budget plan

 

A Missouri Senate committee has approved a budget plan that cuts funding for social services but not education.

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Science, Health and Technology
11:54 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Hearings Discuss Cuts to Social Services

State employees and other advocates share their testimony Saturday at the MU campus.
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Community leaders hosted a statewide video conference Saturday to discuss the impact of the ongoing cuts and consolidations to Missouri’s social services.

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