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MLRI's Budget Analysis for Senate Ways and Means FY2017; Anti-Hunger Amendments on MEFAP, Food Trust and FINI

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:05am -- FoodSNAP

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 (FY 17) yesterday.  MLRI offers this preliminary analysis of selected budget topics affecting low-income residents of the Commonwealth including cash assistance, anti-hunger programs, child care, health care, child welfare, homelessness and housing.

Senate Ways and Means seeks to CLOSE the SNAP Gap and create a Common Application Portal!

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 5:15pm -- FoodSNAP

Good news! We're Getting Closer to Closing the SNAP Gap!

Senate Ways and Means released it's proposed FY2017 budget today. The Senate created a new line item, 4000-1100 and appropriated $1M for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to move toward a common application portal for MassHealth applicants and recipients to apply for SNAP as well as subsidized child care, and explore the feasibility of adding in other programs, with a goal of July 1, 2107.

DTA eNotification, text messages and voicemails: opt-ing in and what you should know

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 2:38pm -- FoodSNAP

In late April DTA made some changes to the statewide Assistance Line. This change also expanded the ways DTA can communicate with clients about their case. Clients now have more options about how to be reminded when things are happening in their case: eNotification, text messages and/or detailed voicemails. For many who have access to computers and reliable cell phones, this can be really good. For other clients who sign up not understanding how it works, it could become a problem if they miss important DTA communications.

Updates to DTA Assistance Line--let us know what you are seeing!

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 5:27pm -- FoodSNAP

On Monday, April 25, DTA updated the statewide Assistance Line. Attached is an updated phone tree with information about each menu option on the phone line. 

The good news: When selecting the option for current clients or applicants, the recorded information is shorter and more targeted so clients spend less time navigating the menu. If you are working with a current client and have their SSN and year of birth, you can find out the following early in the recording:

SNAP Advocacy Tools: My Account Page YouTube Videos, 2016 SNAP Advocacy Guide, DTA's IVR improvements!

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 1:21pm -- FoodSNAP

Just to keep those arrows in your quills sharpened, we have some important advocacy tools for you and your clients.

1. Special YouTube Videos on how to open and get info on DTA's My Account Page (MAP):

MLRI's fantastic AmeriCorps volunteer Zack Ezor has now created two YouTube videos to help you and your clients understand how to create a MAP and what documents and information your clients can find on it.

FINAL PUSH on Anti-Hunger Amendments to House W&M budget (41 on currently SNAP Gap!):More calls needed THIS AM !!

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:52am -- FoodSNAP

As of 9 AM, we have 41 Representatives on Rep Livingstone's common application/SNAP Gap amendment. See attached list (Green highlights). If your State Rep is not on that amendment, please call him or her. Last chance!

Below is a summary with links of the anti-hunger amendments we are tracking.  (We do not have sign on info on the other amendments, just the SNAP Gap, and the Meals on Wheels is already filed).  If your Rep signed the SNAP gap, but not the others, urge him or her to do so. All of these amendments address food insecurity in Massachusetts.

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