Mississippi For Liberty is gathering signatures requesting Gov.Phil Bryant take executive action against welfare fraud. According to the online sign up page the request comes as welfare fraud prevention bills have failed in the Mississippi legislature over the past two years. (http://libertyactioncenter.com/campaign/57446864-ab10-46ba-ba8c-212068ed8cac)
The letter reads:
“Dear Gov. Bryant:
We are deeply concerned about fraud and waste in Mississippi’s SNAP/Food Stamps, TANF and Medicaid programs. In recent years, enrollment in these programs has skyrocketed, in particular, for SNAP and Medicaid. At the same time, the Obama administration has been encouraging states to abandon the welfare-to-work reforms that proved so effective at getting people back to work and growing state economies.
Under your leadership, we have already closed one of these loopholes, which allowed able-bodied adults without children to receive Food Stamps indefinitely.
More work remains to be done.
We are concerned that Medicaid is not adequately verifying citizenship and residency status.
We are concerned that abandoning the federal asset standard is allowing millionaires to receive Food Stamps.
We are concerned that not enough is being done to fight fraud and waste in our Medicaid and welfare programs.
As hardworking taxpayers, we appeal to you to implement the reforms proposed in the legislature over the past two years.
These include commonsense ideas like: ongoing identity and eligibility monitoring that would save the state an estimated $40 million a year; requiring cooperation with a fraud investigation; verifying identify and household composition; tracking out-of-state EBT card spending; and prohibiting access to welfare funds in establishments like casinos and liquor stores.
We are blessed to have you as the governor of our state during this important moment in our country’s history. In your leadership role over Medicaid and the Department of Human Services, you have the authority to make these changes now. Please act now to stop fraudsters and criminals from taking advantage of our welfare programs and the generosity of the good people of Mississippi.”