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Extended government shutdown could have impacts on food stamps, Medicaid & WIC in Michigan

The government has been shut down for nearly two weeks, and the impacts are stretching further every day. (MGN)

LANSING, Mich. -- The government has been shut down for nearly two weeks, and the impacts are stretching further every day.

According to state officials, a shutdown extending past January could have an impact on Medicaid, food stamps and WIC in Michigan.

Bob Wheaton, Public Information Officer with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says that those programs could remain operational for a month or so before the impacts of a shutdown would be felt.

“The federal government has told us that we will have SNAP benefits to pay out in January,” said Wheaton in an email.

Wheaton says that the state budget office is currently assessing all federal funding impact and they expect to have more details next week.

He added that “MDHHS will continue to review and examine the impact a federal government shutdown will have on the services we provide the public. Given the large role federal dollars play in our funding, this will take some time to determine.”


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