Fitzsimon File

Monday numbers

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4—number of days since the federal government sent a letter to state DHHS officials saying North Carolina would lose federal funding for operations of the state food stamp program if problems and case backlogs were not addressed in two weeks (“Federal money for food stamp management could be suspended in March, News & Observer January 24, 2014)

30—number of days that food stamp applications must be processed under federal law (Ibid)

20,243—number of food stamp claims in North Carolina that have been waiting more than 30 days as of January 24 (“USDA issues more warnings to state health agency, WRAL-TV, January 24, 2014)

11,493—number of food stamp claims that have been pending more than 60 days as of January 24 (Ibid)

8,002—number of food stamp claims that have been pending more than 90 days as of January 24 (Ibid)

5,934—number of food stamp claims that have been pending more than 120 days as of January 24 (Ibid)

8,963—number of cases in which deadline was missed that are hardship cases, where families have very little income (“Federal money for food stamp management could be suspended in March, News & Observer January 24, 2014)

7—number of days that food stamp applications in hardship cases must be processed under federal law (Ibid)

1,400—number of hardship cases that have been pending for more than 120 days (Ibid)

145—number of days since federal officials first letter to DHHS officials noting “urgent issues” with NC FAST, the system that processes food stamp delivery (“USDA issues more warnings to state health agency, WRAL-TV, January 24, 2014)

129—number of days since DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos issued first response to federal officials assuring them that DHHS was addressing their concerns with long delays in families receiving food stamps (Ibid)

82—number of days since federal officials sent DHHS a second letter saying that their concerns were not being sufficiently addressed and that too many families were experiencing long delays in receiving food stamps (Ibid)

68—number of days since Sec. Wos advised federal officials of “Corrective Action Plan” to address the backlog food stamp claims causing long delay for recipients (Ibid)

47—number of days since federal officials sent DHHS a letter saying the department had failed to provide adequate information about a strategy to address the food stamp delays, saying “data alone does not constitute a corrective action plan,” and warning DHHS that administrative funding for the program may be suspended unless DHHS adequately addresses the problems (Ibid)

35—number of says since Sec. Wos sent federal officials a second version of a corrective action plan (Ibid)

13—number of days since Sec. Wos told state legislators that part of the problem with the state’s delivery of food stamps was caused by the implementation of the Affordable Care Act

4—number of days since federal officials sent another warning that federal funding could be suspended in March unless DHHS does not show progress in clearing the waiting list for food stamps and pointing out that other states have implemented the ACA without the “dramatic impact” on food stamps that have occurred in North Carolina (Ibid)

13—number of minutes before 5:00 Friday that DHHS officials released the latest letter from federal officials about the ongoing problems with the state administration of the food stamp program (Ibid)