A judge in Flint has given the Michigan Department of Human Services until Aug. 10th to process 5,000 or more remaining applications for cash assistance from people whose benefits were ended because of a five-year federal limit.
Genesee County Circuit Judge Geoffrey Neithercut imposed the deadline Monday during a hearing on a complaint from the Center for Civil Justice.
The state Court of Appeals ruled June 27th that Michigan can end benefits under a five-year federal limit even if recipients qualify for cash under state law.
Michigan has a four-year limit but stops the clock when someone with a disability can't work or when people care for a disabled spouse or child.
The state said following the stricter federal cap could save $70 million a year.