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Children won't lose welfare if parents fail drug test

JACKSON — Mississippi children would not lose welfare if a parent’s benefits are cut off because of positive tests for illegal drugs, according to rules set by the state Department of Human Services. The state’s welfare drug-testing law was supposed to take effect July 1, but it was delayed after advocates for low-income families said the agency originally proposed administrative ...

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DHS conducting hearing concerning new welfare drug-testing law

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Human Services is holding a public hearing today to gather comments about a new welfare drug-testing law. The state law was supposed take effect July 1 but was delayed after advocacy groups chided the agency for not holding a forum about how the measure might affect the poor, particularly the children of those whose ...

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DHS, Children's Rights reaches yet another agreement

JACKSON — Mississippi officials and a group that sued over the state’s child welfare system have reached a third settlement. At the center of the new proposal is the hiring of a “director for sustainable transformation” at the Mississippi Department of Human Services to oversee efforts to improve the agency’s ability to protect and support children in foster care. Marcia ...

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New welfare drug-testing bill signed into law by Bryant

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a welfare drug-testing bill, requiring those who test positive to get treatment in order to get cash. He said it would help people who are “trapped in a dependency lifestyle.” House Bill 49 will become law July 1. When it takes effect, anyone who applies for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families will have ...

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Hundreds removed from SNAP for bilking $2.7M+ in benefits

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — State officials say 1,705 people in Mississippi were disqualified last budget year from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for making false claims and improperly taking more than $2.7 million in benefits. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports hundreds more people routinely report benefits cards lost or stolen, which the federal government cites as a potential sign of ...

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Health Policy Center, medical groups study Medicaid expansion

No one is entirely sure of the fiscal implications of either rejecting or accepting the federal government’s offer to help the state expand its Medicaid rolls to include about 250,000 uninsured adults, effectively cutting in half the number of uninsured Mississippians. The fiscal picture could come closer into focus in coming weeks as the Center for Mississippi Health Policy and ...

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Growers offered chance to become EBT retailers

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) and the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) are offering a new marketing opportunity for Mississippi fruit and vegetable growers. An informational meeting will be held Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum’s Forestry Building in Jackson for all Mississippi fruit and vegetable growers interested ...

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Catch-22: getting on welfare easier than getting off

Regardless of the definition of poverty or opinions on solutions for change, one thing is certain: Getting on government assistance is a lot easier than getting off. Many single mothers who become dependent on welfare programs find the road to self-sufficiency difficult. Tanya Shavers, a 34-year-old mother of four who recently moved out of the Section 8 Payton Garden housing ...

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Lawmakers debating Medicaid enrollment procedures

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are arguing over Medicaid enrollment procedures. For the past seven years, Medicaid recipients have been required to go to state offices once a year to renew their enrollment in the government health plan for the poor. Before then, recipients could re-enroll by mail. That’s the procedure most states use. The Democratic-controlled House voted 65-49 Feb. 8 ...

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Study looks at 'typical' food stamp recipient

STARKVILLE — The myth that a single type of person uses food stamps was examined in a recent Southern Rural Development Center study that impacts how to best reach those in need of food assistance. The report, “One-size doesn’t fit all: Different reasons drive food stamp use in areas across the South,” looks at certain characteristics of food stamp users ...

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