Tighter Welfare Rules
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SIX A September 13, 1973 THE SHREVEPORT JOURNAL, SHRE Shreveport Journal Published at 222 Lake St., P.O. Box 1110, Shreveport, La., 71130 Founded January 7, 1895 Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday JOURNAL PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC. DOUGLAS F ATTAWAY, President and Publisher D. WESLEY ATTAWAY, Vice President JACK F. CLARK, Managing Editor T. R. GRAFTON, Chairman of the Board SAMUEL D. DICKINSON, Associate Editor S.BERTON HEARD, Treasurer CHARLES C. PHILLIPS, Associate Editor DOUGLAS ATTAWAY, Publisher 1922-1957 Entered Shreveport, Louisiana, Post Office as Second Class Matter Under Act of March 3,1879 Member of The Associated Press Telephone 424-0373 No Shreveport Journal Stockholder Owns Stock in Any Other Shreveport Newspaper Tighter Welfare Rules Some of the rules for getting on the Louisiana welfare rolls have been lax in the past, but that is being changed according to Dr. Charles C. Mary Jr., the commissioner of Louisiana Health, Social and Rehabilitation Services. Heretofore, some welfare applicants could get on the rolls by mailing in certain forms and the welfare client himself could determine what sources should be used to verify his claim for assistance. That is being changed. From now on every person applying for financial assistance must appear for a face-to-face • interview. In addition, prospective welfare clients must sign blanket statements agreeing that caseworkers may make any checks necessary to verify need. Dr. Mary says' that the welfare department henceforward will withhold-money from the checks of clients found to have been overpaid due to fraud. Dr. Mary calls the new system Phase III. The first two phases were designed to bring order out of a chaotic situation by a systematic check of procedures to find out what was being done wrong. While the new and stricter regulations will undoubtedly cut down on welfare cheating this is not to be the end of the tightening up. As soon as funds are available a team of 45 to 50 investigators will be employed to look for instances of fraud. Public assistance for the needy has become a way of life in America during the past four decades. The trouble has been that all too often the "greedy" got on the rolls and there wasn't enough left over to properly care for the needy. We are glad to see the new regulations go into effect and if more stringent measures are found to be needed we hope Dr. Mary will see that they put into effect.
|Title||Tighter Welfare Rules|
Mary, Charles C., Jr.
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