LePage: Double Number of DHHS Fraud Investigators

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Weasel Words Deluxe. My

Weasel Words Deluxe.

My emphasis, below.

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Updated: 3:50 PM
Federal letter says Maine Medicaid expansion would be funded

By Kevin Miller kmiller@mainetoday.com
Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON — ..... federal officials indicated ... Washington would [u]likely[/u] cover ....cost of ...expansion for more than 10,000 adults.

.....Sebelius said....state would receive “the highest available match rate available under the law” for approximately 10,500 low-income individuals who had been partly covered under an existing program....

...whether....federal government would cover 100 percent of the costs....likely to influence the LePage administration’s decision over whether to expand its Medicaid programs.....

PPH

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The article headline is inaccurate. It implies that Sebelius promised full reimbursement, which is not at all what her letter states.

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Reprinted with permission.

Reprinted with permission.

"Two years of Medicaid expansion would cost Mainers $40 million"

S.E. Robinson
The Maine Wire

AUGUSTA – Expanding Medicaid .... will cost Maine taxpayers $40 million dollars over the first biennium, according to a preliminary report from the Office of Fiscal and Program Review.

..... preliminary numbers (make) ...it ...apparent that expansion will hit Maine taxpayers hard.

.... may come as a surprise to those who have listened to expansion’s proponents tout the benefits of “free” federal money. The high cost also throws a wrench into State Democrats’ plan to link their support of .... LePage’s hospital repayment bill to Medicaid expansion.

The preliminary fiscal note runs contrary to statements from Democratic leaders indicating Medicaid expansion will cost Mainers nothing.

Senate President Justin L. Alfond (D-Cumberland), testifying in favor of L.D. 1066, stated repeatedly that Medicaid expansion would not cost Mainers a single dollar....

Maine Wire

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Another case of Bait-and-Switch from the Democratic majority.

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Posted: 10:27 AM Maine bill

Posted: 10:27 AM

Maine bill seeks ban on use of food stamps to buy soda
The bill advanced by Gov. Paul LePage with bipartisan backing will be presented to lawmakers today. It would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to seek a waiver from the federal government to ban the use of food stamps to buy soft drinks.

By Steve Mistler smistler@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA —....proposal ....would allow the state to....prohibit food stamp recipients from buying soft drinks and junk food will be presented to lawmakers Friday.

... L.D. 1411, is Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal. ....bipartisan co-sponsors, including Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, the assistant minority leader, and Rep. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop.

It would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to seek a waiver from the federal government to ban the use of food stamps to buy soft drinks.

Article and Poll

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POLL

Poll: Buying soda with food stamps

Do you favor a ban on the use of food stamps to buy soft drinks?

Yes 81%
No 19%

Total Votes: 128

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May 3, 1:02 PM

May 3, 1:02 PM EDT

Businessman admits taking illegal welfare benefits
Federal prosecutors say Dafle Abdullahi Ali lived in public housing, received food stamps and got Medicaid benefits while earning $100,000 a year.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- ...Portland man who drew...six-figure salary.... pleaded guilty....false statements to obtain Medicaid, foods stamps and federal housing assistance...

...46-year-old Dafle Abdullahi Ali received MaineCare ...and food stamps...2008 and 2009 ...owner of Home Health Care Solutions....provided home-based care to the elderly and disabled. ....

....making more than $100,000 a year.... told....state...making ....$36,000 ...

... Ali illegally received....$46,600 in MaineCare, food stamps and housing aid. ...faces ....five years in prison for making ...false statement....10 years for theft; 250K for each count.

How soon can we deport him?

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-- How many family members and employees of Ali's were also receiving fraudulent benefits, and how many vote in Portland?

-- How much does Ali owe the Feds and state for income tax fraud?

-- Where is this guy's mug shot?

Naran
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What happened to the existing

What happened to the existing work-readiness rules and program for TANF recipients? Why hasn't the ASPIRE program been held to any standards of production?

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Updated: 1:08 PM
Maine bill addresses welfare recipients' readiness for work force
The proposal is one of several bills this session that would affect welfare benefits.

By Steve Mistler smistler@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — ....snip

....“ticket to work” proposal would direct administrators of...(TANF)... to conduct or outsource screening ... that ensure ....benefit recipients are prepared for long-term employment.

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... state ....has a program to get welfare recipients into the work force. ....parents who receive welfare benefits are required to participate in....ASPIRE. ....program helps welfare recipients with job placement....

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... study found that 39 percent of those losing benefits reported...work-limiting disability....more than 40 percent.... had less than a high school education.

Source

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TANF lasts five years. They can't get a GED in five years? Or, is it that nobody's making sure they do so?

Naran
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The tide is slowly turning in

The tide is slowly turning in Maine. More people are beginning to "get" that we cannot tax, borrow, and spend our way to any semblance of prosperity and social harmony.

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LePage proposal would bar food stamp use on junk food

By Matthew Stone, BDN Staff
Posted May 03, 2013, at 6:18 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine —.... proposal by Gov. Paul LePage... would bar food stamp recipients from spending.... benefits on soft drinks and....snack foods made its way to.... Health and Human Services Committee....with bipartisan support.

... LD 1411... sponsored by Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta....co-sponsored by five Democrats and four Republicans.

“It seems to me, if we are using taxpayer dollars to provide food for those less fortunate among us, we ought to make sure that what we are providing is healthy,” Katz said in a prepared statement.

Article and Poll Source

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BDN Poll Question

Do you think Maine should bar food stamp recipients from spending their benefits on junk food?

Yes 78.17% (111 votes)

No 21.83% (31 votes)

Total Votes: 142

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PPH Poll Do you favor a ban

PPH Poll

Do you favor a ban on the use of food stamps to buy soft drinks and junk food?

Yes 84%
No 16%

Total Votes: 1258

PPH Poll

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BDN Poll Question

Do you think Maine should bar food stamp recipients from spending their benefits on junk food?

Yes 85.34% (879 votes)

No 14.66% (151 votes)

Total Votes: 1,030

BDN Poll

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State may pursue food stamp

State may pursue food stamp ban on junk food even if bill dies in Legislature

By Matthew Stone, BDN Staff
Posted May 10, 2013

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s administration can move ahead...to keep food stamp recipients from using their benefits on soft drinks and junk food ...if ...bill pending before the Legislature fails.

... LD 1411.....

...bill was rejected along party lines....in....Health and Human Services Committee, with Democrats opposing the measure and Republicans supporting it.

However (DHHS)... doesn’t need legislative approval to move ahead with...waiver application, DHHS spokesman John Martins confirmed....

Source

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I hope they do pursue the waiver. The SNAP program needs major reforms.

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Based on the polling data

Based on the polling data above, it would seem that the majority of both parties strongly supported this Bi-Partisan bill.

If that's true, I guess I'm a little stunned myself it was shot down.

Also shot down the bill to remove drug felons from welfare benies. After all, they are people too and deserve the same rights as us common folk.

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As I understand it, the bill

As I understand it, the bill was voted down in Committee.

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Reprinted with permission.

Democrats: Buying junk food with Food Stamps is awesome for Mainers
Should food stamps be used to buy candy? Democrats say Yes…

SE Robinson
The Maine Wire

AUGUSTA – In a surprise move, House Speaker Mark W. Eves (D-North Berwick) ordered Democrats on the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee... to kill a bill from Gov. Paul R. LePage that would allow the state to exclude junk food from eligible food stamp purchases.

State House sources said Friday that Democrats’ last-minute decision to oppose the bill came after the House Speaker’s top legal adviser Alysia Melnick of Cape Elizabeth, entered the committee room and delivered marching orders for Democratic leadership.

Sources said that prior to Melnick’s involvement, the Governor’s bill seemed destined for passage, and that the decision was likely aimed at denying the governor a victory on welfare reform.

Orders from the Dem HQ Shall Not be Disobeyed.

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Panhandler suspended from

Panhandler suspended from general assistance for failing to report income

By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff
Posted May 11, 2013, at 4:32 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine —....Bangor panhandler .... removed from general assistance for 120 days for failing to reveal the income....could slow the spread of panhandling....

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... police and shelter officials.... pass the names of known panhandlers to city staff who administer....general assistance.....

....panhandler....not been identified....

“By chance … that person was being seen later that day for general assistance,” ....

..... the recipient failed to reveal the panhandling income and was disqualified ....for 120 days.

How Many Others?

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Watch the justice groups cry foul, and say the city is "unfairly" targeting panhandlers.

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"May 11, 2013, BANGOR, Maine

"May 11, 2013, BANGOR, Maine —....Bangor panhandler .... removed from general assistance for 120 days for failing to reveal the income....could slow the spread of panhandling..."

---the act could send shock waves throughout the state of Maine and virtually change Maine social landscape much to the surprise of many people.
People who receive any welfare or food stamps and hold sidewalks sales. Fraud?
People who receive welfare or food stamps and babysit others for a babysitting fee. Fraud?
Bottle pickers who receive welfare or food stamps,fraud?
Elderly people who receive welfare or food stamp, sometimes have small jobs like sewing,or selling a couple of dozen farm grown eggs. Fraud?

If taking in a couple of nickels and dimes makes a welfare recipient guilty of fraud, would not all of the above be guilty of fraud if they did not report the small change they took in?

This one incident of the panhandler could really open up a can of words

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I'm not so sure about that,

I'm not so sure about that, Empire.

The panhandler in question filled out a form, and signed it. He/she stated they had no extra income, when the PD and the city knew full well he/she had been panhandling and making money.

If someone signs up for General Assistance, they are legally required to list any extra income on the application form.

I understand why Bangor did this, and I support the move. Someone who truly needs help should receive it, but they have a duty to be honest and responsible when they receive public taxdollars that were earned by other people.

Those dollars are taken via taxation from working residents, whether on the local or state level, and redistributed to the poor. We have a right to expect the programs be administered with an eye toward honesty and preventing fraud.

Bangor did this to send a message -- be honest, or you lose your General Assistance benefits for 120 days.

In some of Maine's larger cities, panhandling has become a fulltime profession. The former stigma is gone, replaced by people haggling and fighting over the "best" corners and collection spots, and plain lying about their real need for "free" money from others.

I hope other cities will do exactly the same as Bangor has done. It's way past time.

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If a welfare recipient or

If a welfare recipient or even someone that just gets food stamps.holds a yard sale, but does not report the $5-? they made from the yard sale but did not report it on state forms,is that not fraud?

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They should report it, but I

They should report it, but I don't foresee towns and cities launching patrols to catalog the yard sales and bake sales.

Panhandling is kind of different. It's highly visible, and for some, it's highly lucrative. In some areas, it has also become an epidemic.

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Naran wrote.. "I understand

Naran wrote.. "I understand why Bangor did this, and I support the move. Someone who truly needs help should receive it, but they have a duty to be honest and responsible when they receive public taxdollars that were earned by other people.

Those dollars are taken via taxation from working residents, whether on the local or state level, and redistributed to the poor. We have a right to expect the programs be administered with an eye toward honesty and preventing fraud."

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I'm not so sure I would go as far as to say that it's fraud but I suppose it could be. I would say it is certainly not being truthful and if caught lying on the form should be grounds for cancelation of benefits and possibly further discipline based on the extent of the infraction.

We have a neighbor that has been running an unlicensed daycare for over 10 years. I know this not only because it's blatantly obvious, but was actually a witness for a DHHS hearing denying the application for a license. Didn't matter to this person as she just went on as nothing ever happened just removed the sign. For some reason the postman frequently leaves the neighbor's mail in our box and subsequently I put the neighbors DHHS checks back in the box and put the flag up.

Would this be considered fraud in the minds of most hard working people? Yup!

Wonder if we are benefitting from all the taxes being paid to federal and state from that income? My Guess-Nope!

I have always thought that anyone on general assistance should be giving back to the community in some capacity. No car? Send the big yellow welfare bus to pick you up. Disability? Bus has wheelchair ramp. Need daycare? Little welfare bus follows right behind.

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Good points, cupfactor. If

Good points, cupfactor.

If your neighbor were mine, I'd be dropping a dime on the DHHS "Prevent Fraud" page.

Meanwhile, if the Bangor GA application form says "Declare Any Other Income Here," and the applicant writes "none," or fails to cite the $400 they collected from panhandling, then, yes -- I call that fraud.

Definition of FRAUD
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a : deceit, trickery; specifically : intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right
b : an act of deceiving or misrepresenting : trick
2
a : a person who is not what he or she pretends to be : impostor; also : one who defrauds : cheat
b : one that is not what it seems or is represented to be

Webster's Dictionary.

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Naran, I have not researched

Naran,

I have not researched the fraud prevention page in awhile but I will do so. A few years ago, when I did, I would have had to have absolute proof that a fraud was being commited. Also, we would have to remian anonymous as the last time a complaint was made, our mailbox was completed destroyed at 2 in the morning.

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I hear you, believe me. Such

I hear you, believe me. Such decisions are up to the folks stuck living next to the freeloaders, and don't I know it.

The page provides a phone number on which you can be anonymous (make sure you block your phone number before calling, just to make sure), and a form you can also fill out and submit.

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Here's a different view...as

Here's a different view...as a business if accept federal or state grant dollars and use that to purchase computers, furniture or other hard items I cannot sell without reporting to the fed...and since welfare recipients use taxpayer dollars to but the items originally they should report the money they received from the sale..in that respect its no different than the guys dumping water to get the return deposit..

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Robert, they are supposed to

Robert, they are supposed to declare any extra money they get. Whether they do or not, is up to them.

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The MaineCare black hole

Posted on May 16, 2013 by Matthew Gagnon

.... Maine hospitals are owed $450 million.

... another fact that is inarguable:... debt ...caused by... expansion of MaineCare....without accompanying state resources devoted to paying for....additional coverage.

Even .... most enthusiastic supporters of MaineCare expansion have to concede that point.
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....newfound Democratic motivation for paying back....hospitals...not .... about paying... hospitals. .... faux policy goal of the left, adopted...to use as....wedge and bargaining chip to....expand MaineCare once again.

Pine Tree Politics

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Maine Democrats Play Politics

Maine Democrats Play Politics while DHHS Shortfall Reaches the Red Zone

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Posted: May 17

LePage to Democrats: Act now, or bankrupt DHHS
But Democrats accuse the department of mismanagement and say they won't approve funds until Commissioner Mary Mayhew answers 'tough questions.'

By Michael Shepherd mshepherd@mainetoday.com
State House Bureau

AUGUSTA – Blasting Democrats.... Gov. Paul LePage said Friday that (DHHS)... will run out of money to pay Medicaid providers in three weeks if lawmakers don’t ....approve a new state budget.

LePage’s statement.... prompted Democrats to accuse the administration of “mismanagement” of the DHHS.

Democrats summoned DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew to an emergency meeting ....1:30 p.m. Sunday to answer “tough questions” about her department’s precarious finances...

Source

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LePage: State will run out of

LePage: State will run out of money for DHHS bills June 10

By Matthew Stone, BDN Staff
Posted May 17, 2013, at 7:40 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — (Mayhew).... said... her department only has enough money to pay its bills through June 10. That’s 20 days before her department’s accounts would be replenished by a new state budget.

...Mayhew included the news in a letter sent Friday to Gov. Paul LePage, in which she said lawmakers need to pass a budget by May 28 so her department can make its payments.

The Dem Response? Launch a Witch Hunt.

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The Democrats on the

The Democrats on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee today showed abysmal disrespect for Gov. LePage, and Maine residents.. The Governor wished to address the committee and the public at the hearing, and he was refused by the resident Democrats.

As if this would have happened, had it been former govs King or Baldacci wishing to address the committee.

Was Rotundo wearing her clown nose this time around?

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Lawmakers hold emergency meeting to address DHHS funding, shut out LePage
Gov. Paul LePage makes a surprise appearance at the meeting but isn't allowed to speak.

By Steve Mistler smistler@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — Democratic lawmakers on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee grilled LePage administration officials ....over .... recent claim that (DHHS)... won’t be able to pay MaineCare providers come May 28.

Gov. Paul LePage made a surprise appearance at the meeting but wasn’t allowed to speak.

Rotundo and Sen. Dawn Hill ....Democratic co-chairwoman, declined the request, leading to a tense exchange.

DHHS Committee Hearings - Abysmal Disrespect for Gov. LePage

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Way to rock that supposed "bi-partisan," cooperative across-the-aisle stuff, ladies.

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I think Gov. LePage’s passion

I think Gov. LePage’s passion for issues facing the state’s finances are refreshing. He may tend to get angry quickly, but sometimes that’s what it takes to wake up folks that make light of serious issues. There is no time for gimmicks and shenanigans, bold changes are going to happen.

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The Gov has to be very

The Gov has to be very frustrated with the obstructionist / progressives in Augusta. I know I would be.

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If you could bottle up some

If you could bottle up some of the Lepage style of governance and distribute it throughout the country, it might just be the Rx this nation needs to stay afloat.

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The Governor gave up a

The Governor gave up a sumptuous lobster bake yesterday afternoon in Rockland
to get up to the Appropriations Comm meeting.
He shoulda stayed at the bake.

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King Angus and Baldacci would

King Angus and Baldacci would have stayed at the party, that's for sure. The heck with the residents, and the DHHS budget running out of money in a couple of weeks - they would have partied instead of trying to help the state's hospitals and medical providers.

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