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Shutdown's Effects on State?

Medicaid and KidCare officials drew down as much money in advance of the federal government shutdown as possible, so they have enough funds to keep operating for quite a while, according to documents obtained by Northwest Florida Daily News.

The documents, prepared for Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, say that other programs are in trouble, including: food stamps, child nutrition, and temporary assistance to needy families (TANF, what used to be called welfare.)

Meanwhile, some Florida Republicans in Congress are beginning to question the wisdom of the continuing shutdown, as the Lakeland Ledgerreports.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.