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MLRI's Promise to Our Low-Income Clients and Our Advocacy Community: We Are Ready

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 5:21pm -- FoodSNAP

We want to share a message from our Executive Director Georgia Katsoulomitis and MLRI staff in response to the recent election. We appreciate and thank you for all you do for those you serve. We stand ready to take on new struggles, build new partnerships and join you in advocacy for all low income residents of this great Commonwealth.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

DTA Central Alert -Phone issue to due Verizon outage; MLRI alert - Reminder to track problems with NO interview calls

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 10:55am -- FoodSNAP

DTA Reporting DTA Assistance Line problems today:

See email below from Ombuds Office re problems today with Verizon.

Note from MLRI: If you client had a scheduled interview today and does not receive a call from DTA, and/or cannot get through the DTA Assistance Line, you and your client should complain to DTA to ensure that the client

SNAP Updates: SNAP Interview Calls; Residents of Substance Abuse Facilities, SNAP 101 trainings Nov 2nd and Dec 9th

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 7:21pm -- FoodSNAP

SNAP Interview Calls:

We have been seeing cases where clients do not receive an interview call  from DTA at the scheduled interview time. The client then receives a "notice of missed interview." 

First, please let us know if you have any clients who do not get an interview call on the date/time in the interview appointment letter.

Corrected Health Income Chart for Open Enrollment

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:02am -- Health-Law-Anno...

Attached please find a new income chart for use in ConnectorCare and Qualified Health Plans for Open Enrollment which begins November 1st, for effective coverage beginning in January 2017.  These new numbers are based on the 2016 Federal Poverty level and are used for benefits for the year, beginning in January, with enrollment opening on November 1st. Open Enrollment runs from November 1st through January 31st.

SNAP and Homeless Clients: DTA "Blurb" on SNAP policy, Homeless exemption for ABAWDs; upcoming meetings, SNAP trainings

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 1:51pm -- FoodSNAP

Thanks to another well-attended and chock-full-of-info SNAP Coalition meeting in Boston yesterday!  We are writing with a couple of important updates and will follow up with additional info tomorrow.

SNAP Coalition meeting AGENDA for 10/25/16; Upcoming Trainings on UI, Income Max for Working Families, SSI/SSDI and Title VI/Language Access

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 2:46pm -- FoodSNAP

This is brief reminder that the October Boston SNAP Coalition meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House.

The SNAP Coalition AGENDA will include:

  • Anti-Hunger policy priorities for next federal Administration - brief discussion with Coalition members

  • 2017 State Legislative/Budget Priorities including the SNAP Gap Campaign for 2017; MA Food Trust, MEFAP, School Meals and other priorities (please share what you will be working on)


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