Cheating The Government: Abusing The Assistance Programs

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The assistance programs that have been put in place by the government are aimed to help struggling citizens that aren’t able to care for themselves due to a number of reasons. They provide people with food, healthcare, and even education. Unfortunately, there are people out there that try and abuse the system, and in doing this risks the outcome for everyone else.

The more help the government gets with this, the more chance struggling individuals and families have at getting the help they need.

There are plenty of criminal organizations out there that are trying to play against the government. If you have any knowledge of foul play, the best thing to do is find yourself a qui tam attorney. Qui tam is a latin phrase for a lawsuit taken out by an individual (the whistleblower) who files a complaint on behalf of the government for fraud or cheating the system.

Here are the most common areas that the system is being abused.

Emergency Room Care

This service isn’t actually a government assistance program, but it is a regulation that means all emergency rooms have to see and treat people, regardless of what their health insurance or legal status is. Meaning everyone is entitled to get the care they need, no matter what their situation may be.

Ultimately though, this causes a problem for some medical professionals because non-US citizens are using these emergency rooms and then aren’t able to pay, leaving emergency departments and services without income.

Food Stamps

Food stamps are put in place to ensure that low-income households can receive adequate nutrition every week.

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One way that users are able to take advantage of the system, is by using their food stamps to purchase food for their friends. This tends to happen a lot with college students, and although they may think it’s harmless, they were allowed to use this program for a reason, so to use that on individuals that don’t require any outside assistance isn’t fair, and yet it’s very difficult to stop this from happening.

Federal Student Aid

Federal student aid comes in the form of student loans and grants. It is made to help students pay for their education, as we all know it can be very expensive. The problem with this, is that sometimes students are given way over the amount of money than they need. If and when this happens, the student should only use what they need, but most of the time they will use everything that is given to them, even when they aren’t entitled to it. Not only that, but instead of using the money for the purpose it was intended for, they withdraw and spend it on clothes or nights out, or even to buy a car!

Now, the US Department of Education aren’t able to control how the students use their funds, but what they can do is make it a necessity that any student that does receive student aid must take part in counseling sessions which educate them on the importance of using what they have responsibly, along with how and why the program was put in place to begin with.

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