Bureaucracy is, as bureaucracy does


Note: This blog has nothing to do with HME.

You may recall that I wrote a few months back that Maine was so bad at managing its food stamp program that it got some money to help fix the problem.

Here's an example of the problem, as reported on Maintoday.com.

Leah L. Wright, 34, was indicted Thursday by a grand jury in Kennebec County Superior Court on one count of theft by deception and eight counts of aggravated forgery.

According to the indictment, Wright received $1,000 to $10,000 from the state Department of Health and Human Services from Sept. 28, 2006, to Feb. 1, 2010, by falsely stating that she was pregnant.

Do the math folks: Ms. Wright, one of our fine, upstanding citizens, I am sure, was allegedly pregnant for 40 months. And those folks at DHS apparently just kept feeding her food stamps.

Don't even get me started on why a pregnant 34-year-old should qualify for food stamps in the first place.

So once again providers, rest assured that you are not crazy when it comes to fraud, waste and abuse. Government bureaucracy is and always will be, a bureaucracy.

Theresa Flaherty