Colorado

Mar 29, 2010 12:43 PM by Associated Press

Colorado counties see growing demand for aid

As Colorado continues losing jobs, county human services workers are coping with growing caseloads.

Food-stamp cases statewide rose from almost 165,000 in November to 173,361 in February, and those on Medicaid rose to about 501,000 from about 487,000 between October and February.

Jefferson County caseworkers each are handling about 700 ongoing food and medical-assistance cases.

Several counties are not processing food stamps quickly enough to meet federal guidelines as workers use a lethargic $243 million computer system that state officials have spent the last year
refurbishing.

In February, 33 percent of new food stamp applications in Adams County and 29 percent in Jefferson County were late.

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