Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 20, 1973 · Page 15
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 15

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It CREELEY (Coio.) TRIBUNE Fri., AprilM, 1*73 Hew welfare rules proposed to weed out ine/igibfes By JOHN STOWELL AstwUted Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The Nixon administration has proposed sweeping changes in federal welfare rules to help states weed out ineligible and overpaid recipients. The new regulations announced Thursday, cover eligi- : bility, appeals hearings and recovery of overpayments. They could save hundreds of millions of dollars in the 118 billion-a- year welfare system, said Robert B. Carleson, a special assistant on welfare matters in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He said the initial reaction from state welfare administrators has been "overwhelmingly positive." Carleson, Gov. Ronald Reagan's former welfare director, was brought to Washington by HEW Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger to promote California-style welfare reform throughout the nation. When HEW Ihrealened last year to withhold nearly $500 million a year in federal matching grants to states as a penalty for welfare errors, Carleson said, governors complained lhat many of the overpayments were due to federal rules which lied Iheir hands. HEW later softened the- threat, and has given states two years to improvement management of Iheir welfare systems. Weinberger disclosed earlier that he would attempt to improve welfare management through rules changes, because Congress did not act (he last three years on the President's welfare-reform legislation. Carleson said the proposed rules amount to administrative "mini welfare reform." Two key provisions in the proposed changes, Carleson said, would allow states to make private investigations of recipients' elegilibity and give states a free hand to recover -Junior Editors' Quiz on payments under "all circumstances." Currently an applicant's 'consent is required before information such as income, employment and family size can be checked through other sources. Also, present regulations allow states to recover overpayments only if the recipient causes the error, commits willful fraud or has sufficient resources to pay the money back. The only future constraint would require states to assure that deductions from welfare checks to recoup overpayments do not cause undue hardship to the recipient. Questions and Answers Q. I have heard that a person who has worked 30 years unde social security will receive minimum payment of $200 pe month. I worked.(hat long sr what do I need In do to get thi: payment? A. The informal ion you hearr is incorrect. The 1972 amend ments to the social security law did provide for a specia minimum payment. However this minimum cannol exceec $170 for those who worked 30 years or. more under socia security coverage. The minimum payment will be IBSF for those who worked less lhan 30 years and for those who receiwd a social security payment before age 65. The person must have earned a certain amount each year in order for this provision lo apply. Benefits will be refigured automatically and increases will be paid in aboul April, 1973, for those already receiving social security payments. r THE WALRUS A WALRUS MAKES A LOUD BELLOW THAT CAM BE- HEARD fOR AT HALF MILE QUESTION: Whal kind of animal is the walrus? * * * ANSWER: The walrus is a giant marine mammal of the Arctic. Its name came from a Swedish word which means "whale horse". This huge animal lives on ice floes in the Arctic and grows from 10 to 12 feet long, weighing from 2,000 to 3,000 pounds. It has heavy ivory tusks growing down from the mustached upper lip. Eskimos shoot or harpoon the walrus for its meat. The fat or blubber is used for oil. The hide makes a serviceable leather and the tusks are a valuable ivory. The Arctic herds of walrus are disappearing because of overhunting. The walrus is a heavy eater and needs a great quantity of food to sustain its large body. It dredges the sea for it's favorite food of mollusks. Sometimes it swims down as deep as 200 feet to the sea bed where it uses its tusks to dig up a meal of clams and oysters. In captivity, the average walrus eats about 40 pounds of sea food a day. Zoos usually serve the walrus a dinner of fish and clams enriched with vitamins. 4-20 (Susan Terkey of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, wins a prize for this question. You can win $10 cash plus AP's handsome World Yearbook if your question, mailed on a postcard to Junior Editors in care of this newspaper, is selected for a prize.) PX610 SEED CORN is your best choice for high quality silage. Heavy Foliage Big grain yields Place Your Order For Small Grain Seed Early. Supplies might be tight. 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