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Commentary: Still more problems at FSSA

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Commentary: Still more problems at FSSA

By Rep. Linda Lawson TheStatehouseFile.com By now, the news that Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) doesn’t work well isn’t news at all.   It’s a familiar tale. Mistakes at FSSA pile up to the point where even the governor has to pay attention, then reforms are promised and enacted. Then you hope there’s […]

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Commentary: A mistake does not constitute the state ‘changing its story’

By Marni Lemons Special to TheStatehouseFile.com We at the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) would like to respond and address some serious flaws with an article posted Nov. 24 on TheStatehouseFile.com titled, “State changed story on Syrian refugees.” (http://thestatehousefile.com/state-changed-story-on-syrian-refugees/22953/) It concerns Gov. Pence’s announcement suspending the resettlement of Syrian refugees on Nov. 16 […]

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State changed story on Syrian refugees

Listen below to audio of the original interview conducted on Nov. 16, in which a spokeswoman for the FSSA told TheStatehouseFile.com that the state did not have any pending cases of Syrian refugees in the process of resettling. On Nov. 20, Lemons said it was a case of not understanding the question.   By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com […]

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Pence orders all state agencies to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Gov. Mike Pence has directed all state agencies to suspend taking in Syrian refugees until “proper security measures have been achieved.” Pence’s decision comes after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, France, that left more than 120 people dead and 352 wounded. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – ISIS […]

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State agencies directed to act on recommendations made by governor’s task force

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence directed state agencies Friday to act on the three initial recommendations provided by the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention. “I asked the members to act with urgency to develop recommendations to confront the scourge of drug abuse that is affecting communities all across […]

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Pair facing more than 90 felony counts after an investigation reveals food stamp fraud

Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An investigation has ended in the arrest of two Indianapolis residents accused of running a scheme that defrauded the state’s food stamp program. Tarita Vaughner and Reginald McGraw were arrested and charged with more than 90 felony counts. Vaughner, who was an employee of Xerox, which administers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]

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State offers jobs help to HIP 2.0 members

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Members of state’s health insurane plan for low-income Hoosiers will now have access to career development resources. The Family and Social Services Administration announced the creation of the Gateway to Work program on Monday. Only Healthy Indiana Plan members will be eligible to join Gateway to Work, which is […]

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FSSA budget gets Ways & Means once over

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In a presentation to the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, the Family and Social Services Administration requested upwards of $6 billion in funding for the next biennium – making it the second biggest portion of the state’s two-year budget. FSSA Secretary John Wernert and Chief Financial Office […]

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Understanding HIP 2.0

The following Q&A was provided by the governor’s office: When will HIP 2.0 start? FSSA has been working for months to implement HIP 2.0 and will begin taking applications immediately. Hoosiers interested in HIP 2.0 can go to www.HIP.IN.gov and see if they’re eligible based on their income and family size. Based on the information […]

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Pre-K applications now available in Allen, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Families in four of the five counties that are part of a state pre-kindergarten pilot can now sign up to receive a grant for the program. Children eligible for the first phase of the pilot will include 4-year-olds living in Allen, Lake, Marion or Vanderburgh counties who will start […]

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