Indiana to offer more government services amid pandemic

Indiana plans to offer more government services as the state sees the number of people seeking assistance skyrocket amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Posted: Apr 29, 2020 10:06 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana plans to offer more government services as the state sees the number of people seeking assistance skyrocket amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Normally, about 1 in 5 people have state assistance. Applications have increased 75% since mid-March, state officials reported Monday.

Jennifer Sullivan, secretary for Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, said that applications for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program applications, or food stamps, is up 253%. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or cash assistance, is up 209%. People seeking state healthcare coverage is up 10%.

By the end of March, 5,413 families were receiving TANF; 285,058 families were receiving SNAP and the Healthy Indiana Plan had 450,329 members.

Indiana is able to distribute pandemic electronic benefit transfer funds to households that already use food stamps and families with one or more children who had access to free and reduced lunch before schools closed, Sullivan said.

In mid-May, high-risk populations, such as the elderly, will be able to get their groceries delivered through their SNAP benefits. Sullivan said that this will reduce potential exposure to the virus and remove food access hurdles, including travel and transportation.

Sullivan noted that these efforts “are safe and will not be discontinued during the public health emergency.”

“In these circumstances where we have asked people to stay home, to do business differently or not at all,” Sullivan said, “we as a state have to provide support to them differently, as well.”

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Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 614946

Reported Deaths: 9807
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Lake45784693
Allen33103560
Hamilton29752316
St. Joseph27572383
Elkhart24496346
Vanderburgh19679255
Tippecanoe18150144
Johnson15234296
Porter14970172
Hendricks14550253
Madison11071223
Clark10852145
Vigo10819185
Monroe9496115
Delaware9193136
LaPorte9173164
Howard8325148
Kosciusko811485
Warrick683399
Hancock6783106
Bartholomew6659100
Floyd6522113
Wayne6194164
Grant6050118
Dubois559081
Boone557968
Morgan551996
Henry512365
Marshall507884
Dearborn488745
Cass487864
Noble476159
Jackson428747
Shelby423381
Lawrence395180
Clinton375845
Gibson375560
Harrison354046
DeKalb351365
Montgomery349754
Knox337839
Miami325244
Steuben315846
Whitley313126
Wabash306951
Adams303636
Ripley301646
Putnam299152
Huntington295760
Jasper293035
White275943
Daviess271776
Jefferson267738
Decatur249983
Fayette249949
Greene242763
Posey241828
Wells237551
LaGrange230363
Scott227939
Clay225032
Randolph215848
Jennings200937
Spencer193622
Sullivan193633
Washington189023
Fountain185227
Starke177044
Jay168723
Owen168338
Fulton165430
Orange161035
Carroll160616
Rush156418
Perry156129
Vermillion150034
Franklin149933
Tipton134433
Parke13098
Pike118826
Blackford112023
Pulaski97937
Newton92621
Brown88835
Benton87110
Crawford8099
Martin75013
Warren6867
Switzerland6695
Union6297
Ohio4967
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