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Bill to drug test welfare recipients will be back

Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would require some welfare recipients to undergo drug testing is not part of the House Republican agenda but is likely to pass the House again this year, a key lawmakers said Thursday. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said the controversial bill is “one we’re going to enthusiastically […]

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Food aid help will be shifted to new schedule starting next year

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 1 million food aid recipients in Indiana will have their benefit payments shifted to new days next year in a change sought by the state’s grocers. Participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly food stamps – will still receive the same amount of money for food […]

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Story & map: How people actually experience poverty

By Melissa Maynard Stateline.org The official federal poverty rate measures pretax income — period. It doesn’t consider government benefits such as food stamps, nor does it factor in the costs of housing, taxes and child care, all of which vary greatly across states and help determine how rich or poor people feel. Click on the map […]

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Federal food aid benefits to drop starting Friday

By Jesse Wilson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 925,000 Hoosiers who rely on government assistance to purchase food will receive fewer benefits starting Friday when a program enacted during the economic downturn expires. The cuts will mean $36 less in monthly benefits for a family of four or about $11 less for a single person […]

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State to move to new poverty index for schools to try to avoid fraud

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers concerned about fraud in the federal free- and reduced-lunch program have changed the way the state will measure poverty in the formula used to distribute state funding to schools. For years, the state has used the lunch program enrollment numbers as the basis for sending extra money to […]

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State reports significant fraud in free school lunch program

By Ellie Price TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An estimated one third of Indiana students receiving free or reduced-price lunches do not actually qualify for the federal program or their families failed to verify their eligibility, according to audits the Indiana Department of Education detailed for lawmakers on Monday. Julie Sutton, the department’s director of school and […]

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Bill to drug test welfare recipients is not finished

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would drug test recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a cash-based welfare program, is held up just days before the session ends. The major conflict is over whether the repeated failure of drug tests will lead to an individual losing their benefits or a whole […]

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Lawmakers continue debate about drug testing for welfare recipients

By Darian Eswine TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers from the House and Senate are looking for a compromise on legislation that would require drug tests for some recipients of cash welfare in Indiana. At issue, in part, is how tough the state should be on welfare recipients caught using drugs and whether repeated failed tests will […]

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Senate sends drug-testing bill for welfare recipients back to House

By Tim Grimes TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill that would require some welfare recipients to take drug tests before they could received benefits passed the Senate on Wednesday. House Bill 1483 requires all recipients of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families – the state’s cash-assistance welfare program – to take a written test to […]

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Senate Democrats pitch Medicaid expansion; GOP says no

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Majority Republicans on Monday rejected Democratic calls to expand the Medicaid program as called for by the federal Affordable Care Act. Democrats argued that 400,000 Hoosiers could go without health coverage if the General Assembly doesn’t approve the expansion, which would be fully paid for by Congress for at […]

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