By Sean Maguire
Anchorage Daily News 

Lawsuit over food stamp delays on hold while state tries to improve service


Alaskans affected by monthslong food stamp delays have agreed to pause their class-action lawsuit against the state, with the Department of Health pledging to clear 50% of the backlog by mid-October.

The lawsuit was filed in January on behalf of thousands of Alaskans who had waited months to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps. Under federal law, states must provide food stamps to eligible applicants no later than 30 days after an application is made.

The state met with attorneys for the 10 plaintiffs last month and reached an agreement...

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