Hundreds attend meeting to complain about new welfare system

Source: By NICK WERNER, Star Press (IN), May 14, 2008

A Tuesday town hall meeting for area residents to vent frustration over the state’s new welfare-delivery system drew a crowd of about 500. What the crowd suggested about the new system’s effectiveness became a subject of debate among those who support it and those who don’t.

……. Indiana began privatizing welfare delivery last fall in a pilot program that involved a dozen central and eastern Indiana counties, including Delaware County.

…… Since the transition, however, social service agencies have reported an increase in complaints from people who have lost their food stamps and Medicaid health care coverage.