welfare benefits

Stephen Koranda

Republican leaders in the Kansas House and Senate are introducing a bill to fight welfare fraud.

The legislation will require identity verification for adults in the home of a welfare recipient. It will also put requirements in place for getting replacement benefit cards.

Republican state Rep. Dan Hawkins says repeatedly losing a benefit card can indicate possible fraud.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families has announced a new initiative to cut down on and detect illegal use of state welfare benefits. 

DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore says her department has hired additional staff to root-out fraud.

“We now have a director, full-time, devoted to anti-fraud efforts," she said. "There’s a chief investigator, two hotline administrative assistants and 16 fraud special investigators across the state.”