MDHHS: State can keep SNAP operational through January amid shutdown


LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - The State of Michigan Budget Office is currently assessing all federal funding impacts from the partial federal government shutdown, and it expects to have more details this week.

According to a spokesperson from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the state has determined it has the ability to keep programs such as Food Assistance (SNAP) operational for "a month or so" of a shutdown before the impacts would be felt. The shutdown reached day 18 on Tuesday.

The federal government has told told MDHHS that it will have SNAP benefits to pay out in January.

MDHHS says the shutdown could not be the reason for anyone not receiving food assistance benefits in January. The department advises anyone who has questions to contact their local MDHHS office. There could be any number of reasons, such as someone no longer being eligible for food assistance.

MDHHS says it will continue to review and examine the impact the partial federal government shutdown will have on the services it provides the public. Given the large role federal dollars play in the department's funding, this will take some time to determine.

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