Blog Archive for January 2016
Yesterday, January 27, 2016, Governor Baker released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 (FY 17), which is referred to as House 2. MLRI offers this preliminary analysis of selected budget topics impacting low-income residents of the Commonwealth. Download MLRI's preliminary analysis here: http://www.masslegalservices.org/content/governors-fy-2017-budget-proposal-mlris-preliminary-analysis-selected-issues
The Governor's FY 2017 Budget Proposal:Â Preliminary Analysis of Selected Cash and Nutrition Assistance,Â Child Care, Child Welfare, Health Care, Homelessness Services, Housing, State Earned Income Tax Credit and Legal Services Items
On January 27, 2016, Governor Baker released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 (FY 17), which is referred to as House 2. MLRI offers this preliminary analysis of selected budget topics impacting low-income residents of the Commonwealth.
Download MLRI's preliminary analysis from this link:
1. SNAP Coalition Meetings Next Week
The Boston SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, January 26th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston (39 Boylston Street, 6th Floor). The AGENDA will include:
- Jan. 21 Worcester
- Jan. 27 Dorchester
- Feb 4 Hyannis
1. SNAP benefits for households earning new $10 minimum wage:
Apologies for the long post, a lot is happening in the world of eligibility and enrollment in MassHealth and ConnectorCare. As always please let Neil Cronin or Vicky Pulos at MLRI know how these changes are affecting your clients.
Four new enrollment events in Jan and Feb 2016: in person help from MassHealth and Connector staff to apply, re-apply and enroll in Worcester, Dorchester, Hyannis and Malden
We will be sending out an update on Open Enrollment, the MassHealth Renewal-Reapplication process and other developments soon.
DTA Implements a Single 200% SNAP Gross Income Test for ALL Households!
Effective yesterday, Jan 4, 2016, DTA implemented a single gross income test at 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL). This eliminates the state's confusing bifurcated gross income tests where one bucket of SNAP households (families with children, elder or disabled) had to meet the 200% FPL test, and another bucket had to meet a 130% FPL test.