A recent state audit of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services shows they likely made nearly $7-million in over-payments to residents receiving state benefits. Auditor Charlie Janssen says overpayments were seen in programs across the board, including the SNAP – or food stamp program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Child and Family Services and benefits for those disabled.
Janssen says, “In many cases they were not following their own collection practices so they seem to obviously not be working. We made some recommendations for them to change that up and at least follow their own policies.”
The audit shows there were more than 12,000 cases sitting in the over-payment pile with nothing was done to collect those funds. Janssen says he is also very concerned about how the payments were made in the first place. He says it is not impossible but it will be difficult to recover this money. Janssen says in one case an individual had income of over $200,000 one year had not repaid $2,000 in benefits already distributed.
DHHS is working at making the corrections.