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Blog Archive for April 2016

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:

HSN Amendment not adopted

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:51am -- Health-Law-Anno...

Despite the great leadership of our chief sponsor, Rep Christine Barber, and the support of 43 co-sponsors, the amendment (#1119) to preserve the pre-April 1st Health Safety Net rules, and to fund the program with an additional $15 million was not included in the consolidated amendment for Health and Human Services on Tuesday evening.

This means we will have to try to get the amendment adopted in the Senate budget, and then favorably dealt with in the conference committee. We'll keep plugging.

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.

Please urge your Representative to Co-Sponsor of Rep Jay Livingstone's Amendment for Common Application Portal. Let's Close the Massachusetts SNAP Gap!!

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 3:16pm -- FoodSNAP
House Ways and Means released its version of the FY2017 budget today.  We have reviewed the line items and outside sections and will be issuing a detailed analysis of the DTA, MassHealth, child care, child welfare, housing, shelter, food and related line items later tonight or tomorrow AM. 

Advocacy Updates: YouTube Video on My Account Page, Survey on Legal Needs of Social Services Agencies; FCC Reduces Broadband Fees for SNAP/Medicaid Recipients

Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:43am -- FoodSNAP

We are writing to share some advocacy tips, news and solicit your feedback!  Note, the next Boston SNAP Coalition meeting is on Tuesday, April 26th from 10 AM to 12 Noon. Agenda will go out next week.

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