Department of Social Services
Missouri senators on Monday voted to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill removing several thousand families from a welfare program in a move Nixon said would make Missouri’s limits among the lowest in the nation.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has reversed plans to cut the amount of money paid by the state to blind residents.
Missourians trying to use a call center to sign up for the state’s Medicaid program are running into long delays, prompting nearly half of them to hang up before they get help.
The change sought by the Department of Social Services would roll back an expansion of the food stamp program that began in 2009, when Missouri had a higher unemployment rate because of an economic downturn.
The House Governmental Oversight and Accountability committee discussed a plan Monday to transfer state welfare participants to federal disability aid.
More than $300,000 was paid last year alone to childcare providers who provided care for fewer children than they claimed.
“A lot of people in this chamber wish we had more money, but the fact of the matter is that we don’t … we have to deal with the now,” House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Ryan Silvey said.
The investigation began because Department of Social Services employees failed to obtain proper documentation of medical bill payments.