COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s Medicaid agency will have fewer workers on the staff to deal with the increased demand for the government insurance program.

The Department of Health and Human Services laid off 44 people Monday. Meanwhile, the agency is seeing rapid growth in Medicaid enrollment. The rolls have grown by about 90,000 people in the last three years.

Jeff Stensland, the agency’s director of communications, said the remaining 1,229 employees will have to take one unpaid day off to help the agency manage a tight budget.

Read more in Tuesday’s editions of The Post and Courier.