Bill proposal could unravel Maryland’s benefits theft reimbursement program

By Brenna Smith, The Baltimore Banner


Advocates worry there won’t always be plentiful funding and benefits theft could outpace budgeted dollars. For example, under the proposed law, the state would have been limited to the initial budget of $8 million last year, leaving $14 million of thefts unreimbursed.

“Ultimately, that means a family is then left without the money to afford groceries, to meet their bills, and some really hard financial choices,” said Center for Law and Social Policy benefits expert Ashley Burnside.

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