Health and Human Services Cost Saving Ideas

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  1. Distribute food boxes with necessary staples only instead of handing out food stamps.

    My family and I had to rely on assistance with food when we first moved back to Maine four yrs. ago. We were given so much in food stamps, far more than what we needed. We only used that as a stepping stone, however, I think far too many people rely on it. As a working Mainer, I can only afford to purchase no name brands, as I watch food stamp recipients in front of me in line buying the best of everything. Not fair. Sends a wrong message. I think that boxes filled with staple, like rice, peanut butter,…

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      • No work=no pay

        1. Put all welfare recipients to work at schools, hospitals, nursing homes, day cares, soup kitchens. No free ride, they're getting paid, how about earning it?
        2. Drug testing for all recipients.
        3. Outlaw prehumous estate planning and asset transfers; it exists to get the free ride in many cases.
        4. Limit foods accessible to food stamp/EBT to healthy foods; align with WIC guidelines, not t-bones & doritos
        5. Eliminate unemployment hearing officers and hire former business managers that have a clue.
        6. Require minimum citizenship durations before eligibility for programs is allowed.
        7. Demand proof that attempts to garner…

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        • Dead beat parent no driver, fishing or hunting lic

          Any dead beat parent who has a case closed because they have gained SSI or SSDI checks should loose all lic until they agree to make payments. Many of the SSI and SSDI folks work "under the table" and have more income and resourse than do those of us doing the right thing. Closing the cases of these individuals is just wrong and inviting further misuse of public funds. All closed cases should be handed over to investigators and investigators should go out and follow this too ill to work person for a week. Many are out there earning money.

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          • The EBT cards need to have a picture on them and a photo id is necessary

            to complete the purchase. I believe if DHHS staff and others were to work in a local grocery store for a week they would be astounded at what they see. My job was threatened when I brought a fraud situation to my supervisors attention one night. I watched a man use his EBT to buy 5 one gallon Smiling Hill Farm milk containers, he dumped the milk outside, I saw it on the ground, he returned the empties for a total of $10 and then I saw him use the cash to purchase a 12 pk of Steel? beer. At…

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            • I think families who have a history of any sort should be drug tested & cleared before recieving welfare checks

              I think if we are taking care of the drug problem, then we would also be taking care of how many kids come into care. We need to stop making excuses for Meth babies born & stop giving away tax payers money to people who are using drugs. Welfare checks need to stop going to provide families with these drugs.

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              • Food stamp Fraud: DHHS has no system in place to stop food stamps from parents when there childern are taken away from them! DHHS depends on

                Have a computer program that informs the other departments of this change. Now it would be automatic.

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                • Nursing home physician waste

                  I thought I'd mention an area of waste I'm painfully aware of. Nursing homes. And it's not because the residents are getting too many pieces of bologna, or their beds are held too many days while they are in the hospital. There is a facility that has 62 residents. The doctor comes by once a week on Wednesdays. He gets there at 11am and is gone by 2pm. The nurses tell him how it is, and he agrees. I know of someone who waited 5 years for physical therapy that she never received. Yet the facility gets money for also…

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                  • Dead beat parents

                    Stop catering to the dead beat parents who maniplate the child enforsment system. Time lines and number of chances should be limited and upfront during reunification planning. Dragging there feet and waiting until the last minute should be to little to late. Not to wait until bonds are formed and families astablished in the foster home. It's another loss which is not best for the kids. And to have evidence the parent is still practicing poor judgement of charactor, which would endanger there children to the same lifestyle. Should be automatic termination. The cost is not the termination trials it's…

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                    • No bottle deposits on Food Stamps

                      Botlle deposits are not edible and sholud not be paid for by food stamps. If there is a sin tax, it should not be purchased with food stamps. Seems simple enough, food stamps use to be that way. If it's taxable, why should our tax money( via SNAP) be used to pay the sin tax, that money should be spent on healthy foods.
                      I have watched Snap participants by several cases of soda at a time. Then the bottles are returned for cash, to by ciggaretts and alcohol.
                      Many SNAP participants are also given a $10. stipen that I believe…

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                      • Screen every person arrested and found guilty of theft for food stamps/mainecare/ssi. If the person has these things then the welfare should

                        People who have a lifestyle of theft often also have many of the welfare programs going. They should be screened at the jail and the state should stop the welfare and charge the person for fraud because they have had unreported incomes.

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                        • EBT/Foodstamps

                          I believe that any returns made that were purchased with the EBT card should be 'refunded' back onto the EBT card, just as if you were using a credit card.

                          If you go into the Auburn Wal-Mart the day after the funds are posted to the EBT cards you can find carts full of returned groceries. Unfortunately individuals have figured out that if you return the value of the prior day's purchases you will receive cash. This defeats the intent of Foodstamps.

                          It is one thing to provide a helping hand, it is another when the assistance is converted into…

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                          • Non-Citizens/Green Card Holders should not be allowed access to Government State Funding/Welfare/EBT

                            Non American Citizens or Green Card Holders should not be allowed access to TANF (WELFARE)/ Foodstamps, or any other state help. I am tired of seeing American citizens barely making it and suffering; while non citizens/green card holders are getting full rent paid, cars, and extra stuff. I find it insulting; and upsetting. As a single mother who is barely making; and not even making it, suffers while they live off our taxes. This is not a refugee this is a Country of Citizens.

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                            • Revise MaineCare reimbursements

                              I work in a medical setting and cannot believe the number of MaineCare patients who have preventable diseases or conditions that could be remedied by less drugs, more exercise and better eating habits. The number of medications that many patients are on is astounding. And, of course, many MaineCare patients feel their opportunities to work and contribute are limited by their medical issues. Why doesn't the state give a monetary incentive to physicians/medical offices who actively encourage diet education/changes, exercise, etc.? Pay them at a higher reimbursement rate than the doctors who add another prescription to the list. Reimburse for…

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                              • It would cost less to have centrally located food and shelter facilities with needed supplies than to just give people cards

                                No name food and specifically "survival foods" and shelters for those who CHOOSE to not pull their weight. Not chips and soda much less lobster in some cases. Sorry for the ones with real needs and hope there would be more incentive for dead weght to be more useful.

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                                • EBT/Foodstamps

                                  Need to put an end to people who buy grocery carts full of smiling hill farm milk in glass bottles only to go home and dump out the milk to return the empties! Such a waste. Work for food. The state needs to provide jobs in return for services... ie, get foodstamps, work for the town sweeping, pumping gas etc

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                                  • Food Stamps and Mainecare

                                    If a person receives food stamps and has Mainecare then the person buying food must eat healthy. If the person chooses to buy junk food, then they lose their Mainecare. Taxpayers should not allow persons to eat unhealthy and then pay for their poor health needs. Persons will be monitored by free services. All persons buying junk food loses their Mainecare and then the Mainecare services can be rolled onto a new family in need. I personally don't think they should buy junk food or be allowed to return any items to the store, but if they are going to…

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                                    • Welfare supplement instead of full welfare

                                      Give welfare recipients who want to work (but don't bother looking for a job because they know they won't be able to make ends meet better than on welfare), a supplement to help them so that getting a job makes sense. There is a chasm that exists between the amount of money one earns and what living costs that makes it difficult to work and make ends meet. So, once a person is receiving money for housing, food, etc., why should they work? Wouldn't it make more sense to encourage those who want to work by offering them an amount…

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                                      • Make a rule that you have to had paid taxes in maine for a certain amount of time before being qualified to recieve benefits in maine.

                                        People move to maine and instantly start using the resources collected by maine tax payers Is not fair. Because of the drain on the resources income levels have dropped an manydo not qualify for help. Reality is, those who have paid taxes their whole life in maine need help and it's not there. But If you come from anywhere else in the world and move to maine you would get benefits without paying a single dollar of tax to maine.

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                                        • MaineCare Benefits should be scaled back!!

                                          Kids on MaineCare should NOT be able to get orthodonist braces 100% free!! Seriously, most insurances do not cover them let alone pay 100%. I'm paying $6,000 for braces out of pocket with dental insurance...and in no way should I have to help pay for someone on MaineCare to get them so they can have straight teeth. I'm so sick of hearing of kids at the school that I teach at that are getting free braces because they have MaineCare! Urgh!!!!

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