Pa. to pay $48M to resolve US benefits claims

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The commonwealth of Pennsylvania will pay $48.8 million to resolve claims by the federal government that it provided benefits to ineligible aliens, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday.

The U.S. alleged that, between 2004 and 2010, Pennsylvania provided Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to ineligible aliens.

Federal law says only documented aliens who meet certain low-income requirements and who have been in the country for more than five years may receive the benefits.

The law also requires that states verify recipients’ eligibility before providing the benefits.

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