HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 8, 2016
HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced $648M in program integrity cost avoidance and recoveries – a $65M increase from FY 2014-15 and the highest level in more than five years. The department's program integrity activities are meant to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately on delivering quality, essential care while demonstrating accountability.
"We are making sure that payments go only to those who are eligible, that we can determine eligibility in the most cost-effective and efficient way for recipients, and that we're holding providers accountable through licensing and monitoring," said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. "Today's announcement means we are ensuring the dollars that should be spent to safeguard the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians are going to those people."
Some examples of improved program integrity are:
"While people who receive assistance are legally allowed to use their electronic benefit transfer cards out-of-state, DHS closely watches that activity," said Dallas.
Most commonly, cards are used in states that neighbor the commonwealth, where Pennsylvanians who live along the state's border may work or shop for groceries. DHS audits suspicious activity and, when determined necessary, revokes benefits. At 2.7 percent of benefits issued, out of state usage is a relatively small percentage of overall benefits. Excluding neighboring states, it represents just 0.6 percent of all benefits.
DHS continues to modernize its program integrity efforts:
For more information, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.
MEDIA CONTACT: Kait Gillis, DHS, 717-425-7606
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Public WelfarePR Newswire
Last updated on: 17/09/2016
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