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Lawmakers to Consider Bills to Stop Fraud with Food Stamps
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/02/2015

The state Assembly will consider a pair of bills this week that aim to ensure FoodShare benefits go for providing groceries to those who need it. On Tuesday, lawmakers will take up a proposal that adds heightened scrutiny on cases where recipients report losing their FoodShare cards four or more times in a year in order to prevent fraud.

Under the measure, which was introduced by Rep. Dave Heaton, the state Department of Health Services would send warning letters to recipients who reported losing their Quest card for the fourth time. If they close the card at least six times, a replacement would be held until the recipient had responded to a state notice with an adequate explanation for what had happened.

Another measure would require a recipient's photograph on Quest cards.

Last year, Wisconsin had about 836,000 people in the FoodShare program that received $1.1 billion in benefits.


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