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Author Hatcher, Daniel L., author.

Title The poverty industry : the exploitation of America's most vulnerable citizens / Daniel L. Hatcher.

Published New York : New York University Press, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (x, 277 pages) : illustrations.
polychrome rdacc
Series Families, law, and society series.
Families, law, and society series.
Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents How the poverty industry is siphoning aid from the vulnerable -- Agency purpose versus agency self-interest: conflict in serving the vulnerable -- Poverty's iron triangle -- Mining foster children for revenue -- Medicaid money laundering -- Cost recovery: poverty industry taking child support from children and families -- The expanding web of the poverty industry -- Reeling in the poverty industry: restoring agency purpose, and restoring fiscal -- Integrity to the safety net.
Summary Government aid doesn't always go where it's supposed to. Foster care agencies team up with companies to take disability and survivor benefits from abused and neglected children. States and their revenue consultants use illusory schemes to siphon Medicaid funds intended for children and the poor into general state coffers. Child support payments for foster children and families on public assistance are converted into government revenue. And the poverty industry keeps expanding, leaving us with nursing homes and juvenile detention centers that sedate residents to reduce costs and maximize profit, local governments buying nursing homes to take the facilities' federal aid while the elderly languish with poor care, and counties hiring companies to mine the poor for additional funds in modern day debtor's prisons. In The Poverty Industry, Daniel L. Hatcher shows us how state governments and their private industry partners are profiting from the social safety net, turning America's most vulnerable populations into sources of revenue. The poverty industry is stealing billions in federal aid and other funds from impoverished families, abused and neglected children, and the disabled and elderly poor. As policy experts across the political spectrum debate how to best structure government assistance programs, a massive siphoning of the safety net is occurring behind the scenes. In the face of these abuses of power, Hatcher offers a road map for reforms to realign the practices of human service agencies with their intended purpose, to prevent the misuse of public taxpayer dollars, and to ensure that government aid truly gets to those in need.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject Public welfare administration -- Corrupt practices -- United States.
Poor -- Services for -- United States.
Human services -- Corrupt practices -- United States.
Human services -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781479819188