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9/20 Emergency Assistance MCLE training, upcoming SNAP Coalition dates

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 5:16pm -- FoodSNAP

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. – 2:30 p.m. 

Location: Mass. Continuing Legal Education, 10 Winter Pl., Boston (Downtown Crossing)

ConnectorCare changes for 2017

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 2:21pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

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.

DTA fax line should now be working properly--keep an eye out for fax issues!

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 4:21pm -- FoodSNAP

DTA's fax issues should have been resolved as of this morning. DTA reports you should not have problems faxing to 617 887 8765-let us know if this is not the case. Include in faxes to DTA receipts or confirmation of any faxes you attempted yesterday if that would impact the client's benefits due to a deadline. 
In general, please track the following things and let us know what you are seeing:

ALERT: Replacement SNAP Benefits Available to Low Income Concord Residents Impacted by this AM''s Tornado

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 3:46pm -- FoodSNAP

For those of you who work with SNAP recipients in the Concord area, we wanted to remind you that SNAP households who lost power for more than four hours and lost food as a result of lost refrigeration/freezer capacity (e.g. had to throw out spoiled food), may be eligible for SNAP replacement benefits. Here's MLRI's webpage on SNAP misfortune replacement benefits.

Health Access: What did you do last summer?

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 2:46pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

A lot has been going on this summer

See earlier health announcements for good news on changes in MassHealth MCO standards for approving drugs that can cure Hepatitis C (effective August 1) and a new state law mandating MassHealth (and insurance) coverage for lipodistrophya side effect of early HIV treatments (effective November 1).

And now for more news not all of it good.

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