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Low-income Missourians now can apply for help to pay their heating bills.

Missouri home care attendants demand higher wages

Sep 9, 2014
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The Missouri Home Care Union has quite the battle ahead of it. Union members are requesting wages for home care attendants be raised to $11 an hour.  Attendants are responsible for assisting elderly individuals and people with physical disabilities.

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The Missouri Senate has confirmed a longtime employee of the Missouri Department of Social Services to be the agency's new director.

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

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

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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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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.

Missouri seeks to tighten food stamp eligibility

Oct 9, 2013
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Missouri is considering tightening food-stamp eligibility for thousands of adults.

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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.

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.

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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Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is questioning millions of dollars of welfare payments made to low-income residents.

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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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.

 

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

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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.