Low-income and unemployed Georgians are facing delays in receipt of safety net benefits like Medicaid and food stamps (no longer “stamps”, but rather an electronic benefits card pre-loaded with a specific dollar value).
A recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlights the catch-22 of cutting the social safety net: more claimants, fewer caseworkers to process the burgeoning caseloads.
The number of Georgians receiving Medicaid and food stamps has skyrocketed over the past year, stressing a social service system that is facing budget cuts at a time of increasing need.
More and more of these new cases involve people and families that haven’t sought public assistance before, say workers who help people apply for these benefits. New applicants include formerly stable working-class families laid low by long-term job loss and home foreclosures.
If you encounter problems applying for benefits, getting a timely decision on your application, or appealing an agency decision, contact your local legal aid program for free legal help.