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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:
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:
DTA Connect Mobile App is here!
DTA Connect--DTA's mobile app--is available for download starting TODAY! (Monday August 29th). We are excited about DTA Connect and think it will be a great way to quickly get a lot of case information.
We wanted to share a couple pieces of recent information we learned this week DTA that may have an impact on your clients.
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.
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.