PRESTON, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho Department of Health and Welfare office in the small town of Preston, which has helped people apply for Medicaid, food stamps, child care assistance children and other benefits, will close next month.
The state’s lease for the space expires at the end of June. The office has not been open to the public for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
All three of Preston’s employees will continue to work for the ministry, and officials said people could still apply for independence benefits by phone, fax or online. The nearest office, about 70 miles north of the town of Pocatello, will remain open to the public.
“While closing an office has some impact, we want to assure individuals and families that services are still available,” Department Director Dave Jeppesen said in a prepared statement. “The ministry has enjoyed a long and close partnership with the building owner for many years, but the need for in-person services has diminished and most of the work can be done virtually.
The ministry will continue to provide in-person services to people in the area for certain programs such as behavioral health and child protection services.
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There are 18 other department offices open to the public statewide.
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