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MA Welfare Dept Responds to EBT Card Scandal

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MA Welfare Dept Responds to EBT Card Scandal

The state’s welfare department is unveiling new rules in the wake of news stories outlining outrageously high balances on EBT cards.  Commissioner Stacey Monahan says recipients with cash balances exceeding $2,500 will have their accounts closed.  She says people who accumulate more than $5,000 on their food stamp cards will be personally contacted to make sure they still need help.  Monahan says the changes will ensure welfare only goes to the truly needy.

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