Md. Seeks To Dismiss Lawsuit On Welfare Process

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Human Resources is seeking to dismiss a court order requiring the agency to speed up its processing of applications for food stamps and medical benefits.

The department says in November, it processed more than 97 percent of welfare claims within the federally required 30-day window. That’s compared to only 81 percent of claims processed in that time frame in January.

Brian Wilbon, the department’s interim secretary, says the improvements are the result of policy changes, technology enhancements and hard work by department employees.

Last December, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams ordered the state to follow a corrective action plan that called for at least 96 percent of claims to be processed within 30 days.

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  • Mystick

    “Processed”=Denied out of hand, requiring follow-up hearings and months if not years of jumping through red tape hoops.

  • Doug

    I’m rather slender and have always payed for my own food. I have a real tiff about feeding overweight lazy people as I struggle.I see these people in line at the food store and they are eating better then me. I’m denying myself food items they casually plop in their carts. And I believe I speak for most tax payers.

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