Debit-style cards for people receiving food and cash assistance are working again after computer problems disrupted the system earlier today, according to the state Department of Social Services.

J.P. Morgan Electronic Financial Services, the contractor the state uses to operate the electronic benefit transfer cards, notified the state that service was restored, allowing people who receive cash assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the program formerly known as food stamps, to receive their benefits as usual.

Arielle Levin Becker covered health care for The Connecticut Mirror. She previously worked for The Hartford Courant, most recently as its health reporter, and has also covered small towns, courts and education in Connecticut and New Jersey. She was a finalist in 2009 for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, a recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and the third-place winner in 2013 for an in-depth piece on caregivers from the National Association of Health Journalists. She is a 2004 graduate of Yale University.

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