State Representative Robert McColley (R-Napoleon) today announced the Ohio House’s passage of legislation that establishes certain requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid assistance.

House Bill 119, which he joint-sponsored with Rep. Mike Henne (R-Clayton), makes changes to the administration of these programs in an effort to improve accountability and cut down on fraud. Through various reforms, the bill requires the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) and the Department of Medicaid to perform cross-checks of databases related to SNAP and Medicaid on a quarterly basis and gather information to determine eligibility of recipients.

“It is important that we act as guardians of the taxpayer dollars in these programs not only for the average citizen, but also for those who use the program and truly need it,” said McColley. “I am happy to have sponsored House Bill 119, which strengthens the state’s abilities to verify and weed out fraud in welfare programs.”

The goal of the legislation is to strengthen guardrails on these benefits programs, improving their efficiency and effectiveness. By eliminating fraud and confirming eligibility, those who truly need assistance will be better safeguarded.

House Bill 119 now awaits consideration in the Ohio Senate.

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