How will the shutdown affect services in Nevada?

Reported by: Terri Hendry
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Updated: 10/01/2013 6:12 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- If you did a search of the web or were watching national media, you may have heard some programs, such as the Women, Infants and Children Program, are in jeopardy. But tonight, there is some reassuring news about the federal programs provided by Nevada's Department of Health and Human Services, at least in the short term.

When it comes to feeding the hungry, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services says Nevada is prepared to continue to fund public assistance programs through the end of October. This is a situation that is being closely monitored by the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. The Food Bank will be much busier. The Food Bank distributes food to 130 northern Bevada organizations. It also helps clients obtain some federal services such as the SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps.

The Food Bank says they are still serving over 90,000 people in northern Nevada every single month, and half of those are children and seniors. Food programs that will continue to be funded, at least through the end of October, include SNAP, temporary assistance to needy families, and the Women, Infant and Children's food program.

Those programs as well as Medicaid provider claims processing, child care payments, energy assistance and child support payments are all going to be okay, at least in the short term. News 4 will keep an eye on this situation and keep you updated.
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