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.
Kristin Hosfelt joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX Bangor News team in September of 2012. Pursuing a career in TV news has been a dream of hers since she first stepped foot in a news studio at 12-years-old. She has a true passion for storytelling and loves knowing each day working in the field, will be different than the day before.
She's a California native and a graduate of San Jose State University with a BS in broadcast journalism. She previously worked as a reporter, anchor, and producer for SJSU's student-run newscast, and interned at KCRA News in Sacramento, CA and NBC Bay Area in San Jose, CA.
When she's not in the newsroom she enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling. She's a Packers Shareholder, a cross fit junkie and she's always looking for the best place to get Mexican food.
She's thrilled to be here on the east coast and if you see her around be sure to say hello!