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MD Woman Sues State Over Delay In Food Stamps

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By Mana Rabiee

A Baltimore County woman who's suing the state of Maryland for failing to process her food stamp application in a timely manner will finally have her day in court.

Miracyle Thompson, the pregnant mother of two, sued the state in April after waiting months for approval of her emergency food and medical benefits which under Maryland law had to be processed within thirty days.

Her case, assisted in part by a non-profit advocacy group called the Public Justice Center, is scheduled to go before Judge Barry Williams in Baltimore Circuit Court Monday. The court hearing comes days after the release of data showing that less than 60 percent of Maryland residents who are eligible for government assistance actually receive help.

Advocates say Thompson's case reveals a wider breakdown in the state's emergency assistance programs, but officials from Maryland's Department of Human Resources say the state has made significant improvements, and that the court hearing will demonstrate just that.

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