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The partial government shutdown is over for a couple of weeks. But the state is considering contingency plans for families who count on food benefits in case there’s another shutdown in mid-February.

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Paying bills during the partial government shutdown might be tough for federal workers who’ve been furloughed or who are showing up to work and not getting paid.

Several New Mexico utilities are working to relieve some of those worries.

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Among the federal agencies left unfunded by the partial government shutdown is the Indian Health Service, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Aaron Cantú, a staff reporter for the Santa Fe Reporter, has been trying to understand how that’s affecting Native American health care in northern New Mexico. 

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 As many as 800,000 federal employees aren’t getting paid during the partial government shutdown. And at least one local tribe is feeling those effects.

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UPDATE 1/11: The Department of Health now says it'll be able to stretch its funds for the WIC program through April 2019.