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McGovern Responds to GOP Report on SNAP; Great SNAP Data and Chart Book; SNAP 101 Trainings and MORE !

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:01am -- FoodSNAP

Happy Day after Valentines Day!  We still love you and all the work you do to protect and defend SNAP! Keep it up! Here's some important updates.

1. SNAP Coalition Meeting and SNAP 101 Training updates:

  • The NEXT Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, February 28th in Boston (10-Noon) at St Francis House. An agenda will go out soon, which includes an update on the SNAP Gap campaign!

Monday Weather - Delayed Opening for DTA local offices

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:11am -- FoodSNAP

See email below from DTA Central re late opening for both local DTA offices and DTA Assistance Line (which has an audio greeting rre same).

And remember - SNAP Households may also be eligible for SNAP replacement benefits if they lost food as a result of power outages due to this week's or last week's storm.

Information and DTA forms to request replacement can be found here:

SNAP Replacement Benefits Due to Household Misfortune from Feb. 9th Winter Storm Niko - 4, 000 power outages in MA

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:15am -- FoodSNAP

We want to remind you that SNAP households who suffered loss of power triggering loss of food (refrigeration etc) may be eligible for SNAP replacement benefits for the value of food lost that was purchased with SNAP. 

According area news, Winter Storm Niko caused 4,000 power outages in Eastern and Southern MA - some lasting many hours. http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/02/more_than_4000_without_power_d.html 

Federal poverty level increase & updated medical expense "sweet spot" chart

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 4:06pm -- FoodSNAP

Increase in 200% Federal Poverty Level gives small boost to SNAP gross income test 

The federal Department of Health and Human Services recently announced an increase in the federal poverty level (FPL), effective 1/31/17. For SNAP purposes, this only impacts the 200% FPL gross income test. The 130% FPL, 100% FPL and maximum SNAP benefit levels have NOT changed (these are adjusted October 1st).

Update- SNAP Wage Match lawsuit settlement - 2nd round of retro SNAP and notice to 8, 000 households!

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 11:11am -- FoodSNAP

Update on SNAP wage match lawsuite settlement

We last sent an eblast about the wage match lawsuit settlement in early January. The settlement includes retroactive relief- back benefits - for about 17,000 to 24,000 households that lost SNAP in 2014 or 2015 due to a wage match. For more information go to: www.masslegalhelp.org/wagematch

MLRI Analysis of Guv's FY18 Budget; 2017 State Bills Needing CO-SPONSORS; Recent Articles on "Cliff Effects" in MA

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 3:35pm -- FoodSNAP

1. Governor's House 1 FY18 Budget Released - MLRI Analysis of the DTA, Health Care, Housing, Nutrition and Child Welfare Provisions

Hot off the press, here's our run down of key appropriations and outside sections. Please let us know if questions on specific items. 

Information on the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) for MA SNAP recipients coming soon!

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:06pm -- FoodSNAP

Some upbeat news!

We did not have a chance at yesterday's SNAP Coalition meeting to update folks on the great work being done by DTA and community orgs to launch a Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) in Massachusetts. HIP Project Director Frank Martinez-Nocito of DTA sent on the following information to be shared describing the project to boost the food resources for SNAP recipients. 

DTA Connect Phase 2 - send DTA documents from a smartphone!!

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 11:55am -- FoodSNAP

You or your clients can now use DTA Connect to send documents to DTA!

On Monday DTA released the second phase of DTA Connect, allowing clients to submit documents to DTA directly through the app!!

This is very exciting for our clients who have access to a smartphone. Sending DTA documents through the app is very, very useful because it connects the documents directly to the client's case. This means no one at the Document Management Center needs to look at them- so they can be reviewed more quickly by a DTA worker.

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