HARRISBURG, Pa., May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help Pennsylvania taxpayers better understand how the Department of Public Welfare spends their money, Secretary Gary D. Alexander today announced a new addition to the agency's website.
"We want to clear up any confusion about the people that we serve, what our programs do, and, most importantly, how we spend taxpayer dollars," Alexander said. "In an attempt to be more open and accessible, we have created an extensive section on our website dedicated to government transparency. It is important that we show the scope of the department's functions and how funds are used."
New information on the website includes:
- Fees set by the department to pay doctors and suppliers;
- Provider reimbursement rates;
- Facility audits; and
- Benefit enrollment data.
The new open government section of the website also compiles existing information that has been updated to better explain the department's daily activities. This updated information includes:
- Budget information;
- Extensive statistical data;
- Facility inspection results; and
- Legislative testimony.
"Information on our open government pages will be updated as we identify additional ways that we can tell the story of Public Welfare in Pennsylvania," said Alexander.
The new information is found online at www.dpw.state.pa.us by clicking on the "transparency" graphic on the homepage. For more information about the Department of Public Welfare, visit www.dpw.state.pa.us or call 1-800-692-7462.
Pennsylvanians who suspect welfare fraud should call 1-800-932-0582.
Media contact: Anne Bale or Donna Kirker Morgan, 717-425-7606
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare