I'm honestly shocked that they are expecting to have to pay for photo ID's for recipients because I always thought you'd need one to apply.
But on to the debate-
Good idea or bad idea to expect food stamp recipients to show photo ID when they are using their cards?
I believe they're talking about ID's being added on the EBT cards, not creating personal ID's. I have not seen any ID's on EBT cards from any state. I think the proposal is an excellent idea since EBT cards can be given to the applicant, any adult in the unit, or authorized representative. I wish our state would do the same. I do think this would reduce fraud since it would allow stores to verify the cardholder is the owner of the card instead of using just the pin number which could've been sold. Stores are not required for recipients to verify their id at the time of purchase.
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Isn't it easy enough to go with the other person to the store or sell the purchases? Is most food-stamp fraud among family members or more random?
Some people actually sell the card and give the pin to the buyer. I'm guessing it's both friends and family, but at least the person receiving the benefits would have to go to the store with the person buying the benefits from them. It would cut down on the fraud becasue a lot of times people are too lazy to go shopping jsut to make that extra moeny.
Is there $1.4M in food stamp fraud? That is how much it costs to implement-- so I'd start there. If yes, then, maybe we should require photo id's.
Ultimately, though, it would require that the stores enforce it-- which I'm not sure they are terribly motivated to do.
I don't think I know enough about welfare fraud and the extent of it to really feel passionately about this....
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12
If photo ID is required to get the card in the first place, then why not just require stores to verify the name on the card, with another piece of ID. Wouldnt that do the same thing, without the extra cost? And if photo ID is not required to get the card, then have an extra step only for those without other photo ID to get an ID card. Here you can get government ID that is just a photo ID card that verifies age.....and I dont know what else. The only thing I have really seen them used for is getting into the bar for people who dont have a drivers license
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
If it is being used for food, I really don't see the worry. If it is stolen then report it, in our state they have pin numbers so could easily be deactivated. I don't mind at all if someone is letting someone else use their card to get food, I would hate to have someone steal it and use it though.
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03