Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, households currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be eligible for a supplemental benefit for December 2021. December will also be a 'transition' month before going back to standard SNAP benefit allotments for all households. After that time, you will receive your regular monthly benefit pre-pandemic. SNAP households that have been certified based on meeting income and resource requirements are eligible to receive the supplement benefits. These households will receive benefit supplements up to the maximum benefit amount, based on household size. For example, the maximum benefit for a 2-person household [...]
(Jackson, Miss.) – A Marion County, Miss. resident has been arrested for SNAP fraud following an investigation conducted by the Investigations Division of the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS). Investigators found that Shayla Cartier received an over-issuance of SNAP benefits in the amount of $26,161.00 due to Cartier fraudulently receiving benefits for failure to report income and household composition accurately. Due to the substantial amount of overpayment and the evidence of alleged fraud found during the investigation, the case was turned over to Marion County District Attorney to be presented to the Grand Jury for criminal prosecution. [...]
With Medicare Open Enrollment running through December 7, 2021, the Mississippi Department of Human Services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services is available to assist citizens and their caregivers in understanding Medicare benefits and health insurance options. The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a counseling program designed to answer people’s questions about health insurance. SHIP volunteers help citizens and caregivers understand Medicare benefits; organize doctor and hospital bills; file Medicare appeals; review Medicare Supplemental Insurance; evaluate Medicare+ Choice or Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) options; understand Medicaid eligibility; and explore long-term care options. Whether it [...]
The Mississippi Department of Human Services and the Mississippi Department of Education have issued P-EBT benefits for the 2020-21 school year. Approximately 185,000 Mississippi students will receive these P-EBT benefits because they were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch and attended a school that had a predominately hybrid or virtual schedule for at least one month the 2020-21 school year. The amount that children eligible for 2020-21 school year P-EBT benefits will receive was determined by their school’s reported learning schedule during that year. The total 2020-21 school year benefit disbursement to Mississippi school children is estimated to [...]
(Jackson, Miss.) – November is National Caregiver Month. The month is dedicated to supporting caregivers as they care for others by providing resources for self-care, advocacy, and de-stressing for caregivers. This year's theme is "Caregiving Around the Clock." Through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), MDHS offers two primary programs to assist caregivers: the Mississippi Family Caregiver Support Program and the Lifespan Respite Program. DAAS is ramping up a program designed to assist those caring for our most vulnerable citizens to provide for and protect our aging population. "As our population ages, caregiving programs meet a [...]
(Jackson, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Human Services P-EBT call center will begin additional hours of operation Tuesday, November 2, 2021. The new call center hours of operation are 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M., Monday – Friday. MDHS continues to update the website with updated P-EBT FAQs: https://www.mdhs.ms.gov/pandemic-ebt-p-ebt/. Parents and guardians may be able to get answers to their questions without calling. Check out the website or call the P-EBT Call Center at 1-833-316-2423.