That's gonna leave a mark:
In the latest response in a months-long back and forth between the federal agency and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, USDA administrators say the state is still at risk of losing federal funding for the food stamps program. If the state doesn't fix the massive backlog of cases, that could happen as soon as mid-March.
The USDA also questioned the state's claim that implementation of the Affordable Care Act was to blame for many of the difficulties.
"It should be noted that many other States have implemented ACA without the dramatic impacts on SNAP that have occurred in North Carolina," USDA Regional Administrator Robin Bailey wrote to DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos Thursday.
My understanding is that only the administrative funding is at risk (subsidizing Wos' staff?), but not the money for the actual food stamps themselves. If she loses that funding, will the Legislature step up and pay for the administrative costs? If they don't, and delays get even worse, what's the next step? Has the USDA ever taken over a state's food stamp disbursement? Somehow I get the feeling the only people who will suffer from this are the same ones who usually suffer, the poor.