Computer change shouldn’t affect family benefits
Eagle County Health and Human Services received a large order of surplus food this week to assure local families will have food supplies during changes in the state’s family assistance computer system. The entire state/county family assistance authorization system will be unable to process new applications for food stamps, Medicaid, and other cash benefits until Tuesday. “We know there will be families who need assistance during this computer conversion period,” says Kathleen Forinash, director of Eagle County Health and Human Services. “The food supplies available through the U.S.D.A. Commodities program will help families with immediate food needs. We ask landlords and medical providers to not place families at risk during this week, when we know that benefits will be in place in September.” Families, seniors, and disabled adults who are already participating in the food stamp, Medicaid, and individual assistance programs will continue to receive their benefits. Eagle County has 1,050 households receiving some type of financial assistance.