- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Officials say at least 20 Michigan families have lost cash assistance because children have been chronically truant from school.

The requirement became effective in July and MLive.com and WOOD-TV report the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the cases are as of Nov. 15.

Department spokesman Bob Wheaton says in a typical month there are about 21,000 open cash-assistance cases statewide, so the 20 cases are “a small fraction.”

The measure made law of an existing department policy in which a family loses eligibility for the Family Independence Program if a child ages 6 through 15 doesn’t meet certain attendance requirements. Children 16 or older who are still dependents and haven’t graduated from high school would lose cash assistance for themselves if they don’t meet attendance requirements.

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