7:26 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Mo. House advances welfare reform legislation

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Missourians could lose welfare benefits if they go too long without using them in the state under legislation advanced by the House.

The House gave the measure first-round approval Wednesday. It needs a second vote before moving to the state Senate.

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.

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4:41 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Missouri auditor questions child care spending

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich.
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Missouri's auditor is raising concerns about state payments to subsidize child care costs for lower-income families.

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 Missouri.

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.

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6:02 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Missouri Audit Alleges Misuse of EBT Cards By Some Welfare Recipients

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Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 6:42 pm

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.

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4:21 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Mo. department backing down on welfare contract


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.

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3:36 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Mo. bill seeks to put photo on welfare cards

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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.

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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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8:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Law would prevent welfare money being spent at casinos, liquor stores

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A Missouri House bill aims to restrict the use of cash welfare benefits at casinos and liquor stores.

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