welfare

Mississippi welfare payments increasing 3 months early

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi is increasing the nation's lowest welfare payments three months earlier than expected. The state Department of Human Services says that starting Saturday, the benefit will increase by $90 a…

Mississippi to increase lowest welfare payments in the US

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is increasing the lowest monthly welfare payments in the  nation. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill into law Wednesday that means people who receive the payments could start seeing the increase in June or…

Mississippi mulls checking tax info of welfare recipients

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is moving toward more scrutiny of low-income people on public assistance programs. The action comes as a former director of the state welfare agency and five other people are…

Medicaid audit

Mississippi would hire a contractor to audit Medicaid, welfare, and food stamp recipients to make sure they’re not cheating the programs under a bill passing legislature. House Bill 1090 was held for more debate after passing the Senate Wednesday, but…

Mississippi's Child Welfare System

Mississippi officials and child advocates have reached another set of agreements in continuing attempts to improve the performance of the state's child welfare system. The two agreements approved Monday by Senior U.S. District Judge Tom Lee are at least the…

Possible Changes to Government Aid

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would audit Medicaid recipients and tighten restrictions on other government aid. The proposed House Bill 1116 would use an outside company to verify recipients’ financial information and residency to determine if they are still…