DENVER — It’s been three months since the state implemented its new Colorado Benefits Management System, and some people still can’t access food and medical benefits.
The computer system was launched in August to improve the state’s ability to deliver benefits to 1.3 million Coloradans receiving services.
Glitches with the system started right away. But now, there is an increased workload and counties can’t keep up.
Some people on SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, say they have not received benefits since October, and they are running out of food.
Hunger Free Colorado says they have seen an increase in people with SNAP benefits asking for help. They work with over 1,000 resources across the state like food banks, soup kitchens and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
“You should never been penalized for accessing additional food resources like pantries or soup kitchens, and you also shouldn’t be penalized for access (to) another program that you are qualified for just because you are using SNAP benefits,” Rebecca McWeeny with Hunger Free Colorado said.
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