Just a reminder to folks in central and western Massachusetts that the Springfield MassHealth Enrollment Center is moving to 88 Industry Ave. Springfield on Monday Oct. 3. The telephone numbers are unchanged. See the attached flyer with directions to the new location.
Blog Archive for September 2016
From our good friends at Rosies Place!
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From: Rachel Lochner, Rosie's Place
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Subject: National Voter Registration Day
Hello Rosie's Place partners,
Today is National Voter Registration Day! Please share the following information with your guests/clients and networks:
Double check that you are registered to vote and find your polling place here.
SNAP Cost of Living Changes Effective October 1st:
This is another crazy year when the SNAP cost of living adjustment (COLA) goes in two different directions!
On the GOOD news front, the SNAP Shelter Deduction increases nationwide from $504 to $517/mo, and the "Standard Deduction" for 1-3 person households increases from $155 to $157/month.
On the BAD news front, the Standard Utility Allowance for Massachusetts decreases:
Today's Boston Globe has a fabulous story that Congressman Jim McGovern is receiving this prestigious award for all his anti-hunger work for the nation. While James Beard is often associated with fine dining, we consider James McGovern the MASTER CHEF in raising hunger awareness in the nation and fighting tirelessly - with all the tools in the kitchen - to protect SNAP, Child Nutrition, TEFAP and other critical anti-hunger programs!
Funding for Local Schools to Implement Breakfast in the Classroom
Emergency Assistance Shelter Training at MCLE:
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) present:
Assisting Families Experiencing Homelessness: EA Shelter & Benefits
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 9:30 a.m. â 2:30 p.m.Â
Location: Mass. Continuing Legal Education, 10 Winter Pl., Boston (Downtown Crossing)
Much higher premiums tied to plan choices even for the very poor
Bad news from the Connector at yesterday's board meeting. Since the Connector started offering coverage in 2006, its enrollees below the poverty level, like MassHealth enrollees, have been able to choose from any available managed care organization (MCO) with no premium charge. No more. People at all income levels will still have access to at least one "affordable" MCO -- for people below 150% FPL, affordable means no member premium contribution--but other choices may mean substantially higher premiums.
MLRI and the Greater Boston Food Bank are teaming up to offer four SNAP 101 trainings this fall - with special emphasis on SNAP issues facing seniors and persons with disabilities, but all basic SNAP application and eligibility issues covered. The training dates include:
We're writing to alert you to a couple of items that may impact children in your community: