In the state of Indiana, 800,000 Hoosiers a month rely on food stamps, including thousands in our listening audience. Yesterday it was announced that the Hoosier Food Stamp program has earned a $1.65 million dollar bonus from the Federal Government. Indiana’s 7.13% error rate in 2009 dropped to 2.6% in 2010. The national rate is 3.8%
Even though record numbers of Americans are relying on food stamps to make it through the recession, Indiana’s accuracy rate dramatically improved. Without better accuracy, the program would have paid $311 million too much and denied $45 million.
The food stamp program is the nation’s largest assistance program.