SEATTLE: Judge temporarily stops cuts to disabled

A U.S. District Court judge has put a temporary hold on a state rule change that would have cut government dollars going to disabled children and their families.

The rule change by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services would have forced poor families to count federal disability payments when determining their income. The rule was scheduled to go into effect Tuesday. The Seattle Times reports that the change could have forced thousands of families to lose benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the State Family Assistance programs.

U.S. District Judge James Robart says in his ruling issued Monday that when faced with a conflict between dollars and human suffering, the balance tips in favor of preventing human suffering.

A hearing on the temporary injunction will be held March 21.