Referred to: Reference Committee No. 1 – Timothy M. Beittel, MD, Chair
WHEREAS, taxpayers entrust funds to be properly and equitably distributed to those in need based on parameters and guidelines dictated to North Carolina Department of Social Services by the federal government; and
WHEREAS, funds provided to those who demonstrate need are too frequently used improperly; and
WHEREAS, Food Stamp cards, EBT cards, Family Subsistence cards have the appearance of a credit card; and
WHEREAS, the “cards” are sometimes traded for cash (typically a $300 card traded for $150 cash), or cigarettes or non-nutritional non-economical foods or street drugs; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Medical Society supports the addition of a photographic image to North Carolina social service benefit cards to reduce the illegitimate use of taxpayer funds; and be it further (policy)
RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Medical Society supports Federal and State efforts to reduce fraud in the distribution of social service cards and benefits. (policy)
Fiscal Note: No additional funding above current resources estimated. Current resources will be allocated based on the priorities of the Society and the NCMS budget.