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Baltimore Sun Covers Case Against the State for Delivery of Emergency Food and Medical Help

Lawsuit presses case against state for food, medical aid
Thousands waiting past legal deadline for emergency help

By Julie Bykowicz | julie.bykowicz@baltsun.com
May 12, 2009
Miracyle Thompson, a pregnant Baltimore County mother of two little boys who have sickle cell disease, was skipping meals and battling with angry doctors over unpaid bills. Her husband's sales job wasn't bringing in enough money to support the growing family. Seeking help, she applied in February for state food and medical assistance.

Federal law requires that those emergency benefits be approved within 30 days. A month ticked by, and then a letter from the state Department of Human Resources arrived: "An agency delay has occurred beyond our control." She'd have to keep waiting. By late April, she and a group of attorneys for the poor decided to sue.

Read the full story at http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-te.md.assistance12may12,0,5174141.story.

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