New law searches for fraud in state welfare programs

April 4, 2017, MPB, Desare Frazier- A new law to fight fraud in Mississippi’s welfare programs is expected to be signed by the governor. Supporters say The “Medicaid and Human Services Transparency and Fraud Prevention Act” or Hope Act, is designed to ferret out fraud. It targets the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs,l known as TANF and SNAP. The law calls for the Division of Medicaid to hire a private firm to audit the agency and the Department of Human Services. Jameson Taylor is with the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.

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