Oct 03 2013
By now you have heard the television, radio and newspaper reports that Congress has not passed an Appropriations Bill nor a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government for the fiscal year that began today, October 1, 2013. While federal officials have stated they did not believe a shutdown would occur, both USDA and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) worked through contingency plans to prepare for a shutdown.
Federal funds for the WIC program have been cut off. Texas is not able to draw down additional funds from its Letter of Credit beginning today. However, DSHS will utilize funds that are already available to cover approximately 30 days of Texas WIC Program operations with business as usual.
These funds are primarily from rebates and WIC federal funds already drawn down to the state.
This means there are adequate funds to cover client services and administration of the WIC program – including client benefit redemptions, state staff salaries, local agency reimbursements, and grocer claims reimbursements.
As expenditures and rebates fluctuate on a monthly basis, Texas WIC will continue to monitor the availability of funds closely and notify you in advance should the government shut-down cause a depletion of available funds to pay claims.
If you have any questions, please contact 1-800-252-9629.