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DHHS Lays Off 56 Due to Federal Shutdown

AUGUSTA - The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has laid off 56 employees because of the federal shutdown. 


All 52 workers at a disability service office in Winthrop and four more in the DHHS office in Augusta are paid with federal funds, so the state has no way to pay them until Congress approves funding for the current fiscal year. 


The Disability Determination Office in Winthrop, which determines whether Mainers are eligible for Social Security disability benefits, will be closed until further notice.

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