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Daniels Cancels FSSA Privatization Deal

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has canceled the state’s one point three billion contract with a group of IBM companies to privatize some of the state’s welfare services. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

Bills Would Suspend FSSA Privatization Rollout

Republican State Representative Suzanne Crouch and Republican State Senator Vaneta Becker, both of Evansville, have introduced legislation to suspend the rollout of Family and Social Services Administration privatization efforts. Crouch says the bills require FSSA to wait before finishing rollout of the web and phone based benefits system run by I-B-M owned companies until current problems can be fixed.

“Many of my constituents have experienced problems where paperwork was lost, where they have to continue to send paperwork, where when they call in they have to wait 45 minutes to an hour and a lot of these individuals have prepaid phone cards. And then when they get a hold of someone, they can’t get there questions answered and they get transferred around.”

Crouch says the bill would require FSSA to provide a report to the Medicaid Oversight Committee detailing progress on constituent complaints before proceeding with statewide rollout of the benefits automation system. Crouch says no hearings have been scheduled, but Public Health Committee Chair Representative Charlie Brown of Gary says he will hear her bill in the House.

Lawmakers Want Changes to FSSA Privatization

The Select Joint Commission on Medicaid Oversight has sent a proposal to legislative leaders asking for action on Medicaid privatization during the upcoming session.  They want a slowdown of the private contract’s implementation statewide, as well as changes to how people apply for services.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

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FSSA Won’t Change Deadline For Food Stamp Applications

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Mitch Roob says his agency has decided not to move forward on a rule that would have given food stamp recipients fewer days to submit all of their application paperwork.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.

FSSA Chief Says Not Saving Money On Privatization Contract

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Mitch Roob today told the Select Joint Commission on Medicaid Oversight that he plans to slow down the rollout plans on a more than 1 billion dollar contract with IBM Corporation to handle Medicaid and food stamps eligibility.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Marianne Holland reports.