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HHSC Receives Federal Grant to Expand Fraud Prevention Efforts

AUSTIN — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) a federal grant of more than $400,000 to continue the agency’s fraud prevention efforts for the program. Supplemental Nutritional Assistance (SNAP).

HHSC has prevented the misuse of more than $147 million in public funds since 2017 by identifying and stopping potential fraudulent payments for SNAP, Medicaid, and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

“We are extremely proud to be recipients of this grant and know it will have a positive impact on the work we do to put taxpayer dollars to good use in Texas,” said Wayne Salter, Deputy Executive Commissioner. HHSC Access and Eligibility Services. .

The grant will be used to provide ongoing support for HHSC staff to receive training, develop innovative fraud prevention training methods, and conduct a fraud prevention public education campaign. The grant period runs from August 2022 to August 2024.

Misuse of benefits may result in loss of benefits, fines and criminal prosecution. If anyone suspects or has knowledge of fraud, waste, or abuse by clients or providers of health and human services programs, HHS urges people to call the office of the HHS Inspector General at 1-800-436-6184 or visit

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