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Special to The News-Courier
WASHINGTON, DC—The Texas Health and Human Services Commission agreed last month to pay $15,294,360 to the United States to settle a lawsuit claiming it violated the False Claims Act in its administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),
“SNAP is an important program for helping families in need,” said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. “This settlement is an example of the Department of Justice’s commitment to ensuring that taxpayer funds are spent appropriately so that the public can have confidence in the integrity of vital programs like SNAP.”
SNAP is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (formerly known as the food stamp program) that provides low-income individuals and families with financial assistance to purchase food. In the past The program has served more than 45 million Americans each month, providing more than $71 billion in aid each year in the past decade, SNAP relies on states to determine applicant eligibility, administer benefits and perform quality control assessments. The USDA in turn reimburses states for their portion of expenses related to the SNAP program, including providing quality control. It also pays bonuses annually for states that report lowest or most improved error rates.