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Blog Archive for January 2017

Fwd: ConnectorCare Special Enrollment Period from February 1 – February 28

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 5:46pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Jan. 31 is the last day of "Open Enrollment"--the deadline for people to sign up for individual insurance (ObamaCare) or switch plans.  At the national level, HHS has pulled its ads urging people to sign up before it's too late.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-white-house-obamacare-ads-234245

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.

SNAP Gap/Common App Bill - Please Contact your House/Senate Members to Co-Sponsor; Nomination for USDA Secretary Announced and other FRAC/national news

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 12:31pm -- FoodSNAP

1) Co-Sponsors Needed for SNAP Gap/Common App Legislation

Representative Jay Livingstone and Senator Sal DiDomenico are each filing the SNAP Gap/Common App legislation: An Act Improving Public Health through a Common Application for Core Food, Health and Safety-net Programs

What you need to know:

  • Please urge your local Representative to sign on to co-sponsor Rep Livingstone's bill, House Docket #655, and Senator DiDomenico's Bill, Senate Docket #247. Attached is the fact sheet with Docket numbers. 

National Sign-on Letter: Safeguarding the Federal Nutrition Programs; Upcoming SNAP Coalition Meeting on January 24th; SNAP Training on Feb 9th and more !

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:06pm -- FoodSNAP

The new Trump Administration officially takes office on Friday, January 20th.  Please take a moment to read and sign onto the organizational sign on letter (see links below) from National Anti-Hunger Organizations.  This letter is for local and state organizations too!!  We need a STRONG showing of support from Massachusetts organizations to the Administration and incoming Congress.

Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting - Tuesday, January 24th from 10 to Noon, St Francis House, Boston 

Next Tuesday is the first SNAP Coalition meeting for 2017. The AGENDA will include

SNAP verifications for RSDI/SSI and shelter costs, provider info sessions to expand E&T

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:25am -- FoodSNAP

Reminder regarding verifications: RSDI/SSI and self declarations for SNAP

We continue to hear from community partners about verification issues. Verifications are one of the biggest access barriers for our clients. It is very hard for our clients to get and maintain their benefits if DTA aks for documents that are not relevant or that have been previously submitted. Excessive and unnecessary verification requests also make a lot more work for DTA. 

Two areas where we see a lot of issues:

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