- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Attorneys for welfare recipients in New Mexico say thousands of residents have gone without emergency food assistance or heath care coverage under Medicaid because of processing delays at the state Human Services Department.

A federal court judge heard testimony Thursday on the agency’s progress in meeting court orders related to a backlog of food and medical assistance claims.

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty says one in 10 applicants for emergency aid are unable to buy food within the required seven-day period. That left 2,046 people without emergency food assistance in May, up from 1,167 the previous month.

The center also says many newborn babies are not being added by the state to Medicaid within the required three-day period, leaving them without medical coverage outside hospitals.

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