July 29, 2014

Disabled And Senior Citizens Continue To Suffer During Minnesota Shut Down

The state of Minnesota has been going through some very difficult times since the start of the 2011 Fiscal year on July 1st. Many programs that provided aid to disabled and senior citizens have been completely cut off from government funding, leaving countless citizens empty handed and without any of the aid previously deemed necessary to living.

Currently, Democratic and Republican politicians have been having ongoing discussions and court hearings in an attempt to determine what services will begin working once again. Services that are provided by medicaid have been deemed necessary to life by a judge and are still accepted in Minnesota’s health department, but many other services that did not service medicaid customers have been entirely shut down with no notice of expected return.

The toll-free hotlines that previously serviced the disabled, elderly, blind, and otherwise handicapped members of society no longer have the funding to keep employees working, and recorded messages are played for anyone who attempts to speak with a representative about their situation. While police, fire, and hunting regulation officers will continue to perform their active duties, services that provide care to elderly in their homes will no longer be available until further notice.

Among a few of the important programs that will no longer be available for the extent of the shutdown will include services that provide help to senior and disabled citizens with finding housing, tax courts, social security child care subsidies, holds on social security checks, and a number of other services and programs. Governor Mark Dayton has been steadily working the state’s officials and representatives in both political parties to reach a plan that will return necessary funding to the health department, the education department, and a number of other funds that have been entirely cut off for over two weeks.

Many of the departments that accept new applicants to receive senior or disabled aid will not be accepting new registrants as long as the budget cuts remain, and making changes to your existing case with the SSA or any other government office in Minnesota is nearly impossible. A new proposal issued by Governor Mark Dayton plans to return the cities of Minnesota to their normal funding levels through “tobacco bonds” and other bonding bills within the next year.

Minnesota Disability

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Minnesota Shutdown 2011: Budget Dispute Remains Unresolved (LATEST UPDATES)

Minnesota State Council On Disability


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