Health agencies get WIC guidance during shutdown
BATON ROUGE - State health officials received clarification from the federal government about how a shutdown would affect programs such as the Women, Infant, and Children nutrition service.
According to a Department of Health and Hospitals spokesperson, current WIC benefits must still be honored by vendors such as grocery stores. However, no new WIC participants will be added because of the lapse in federal funding.
The spokesperson said it's estimated the program can keep operating for the next weeks.
News 2 will have more on how people who depend on that assistance are taking the news starting at noon.