Good news for veterans! The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released guidance last week, dated 5/20/16 but circulated just before Memorial Day. Veterans who receive VA Disability Compensation Benefits should be considered "physically or mentally unfit for employment" - regardless of the disability rating. This means that a veteran who qualifies for VA Compensation at 10% rating or higher is exempt from the 3 month time limit. The veteran does NOT need a medical report form documenting he or she is medically unfit for work.
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Senate considers merging applications for MassHealth, food stamps, Shira Schoenberg, May 26, 2016 at 12:02 PM
"If someone can do both functions, the benefit is to patients, to consumers," Silva-Winbush (Codman Square Health Center) said. "It would allow us to cross-train individuals and go to a one-stop shop." .....
SNAP 3 Month Time Limit Hits 10K Mass Residents - Resources for ABAWDs
Last night the Senate adopted a redrafted amendment by Senator Lewis which puts the eligibility cuts in the Health Safety Net off until next April at the earliest. Here is the amendment language.
Messrs. Lewis, Keenan, Moore and Brady, Ms. L'Italien, Messrs. Donnelly, Eldridge, Rush, Barrett, Montigny, Humason, Timilty, McGee, Boncore, Lesser and deMacedo moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section 77 the following section:-
The next Boston SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, May 24th from 10 AM - 12 PM at St Francis House in Boston, 39 Boylston Street, 6th Floor. (Yes, always the 4th Tuesday of the month, not after Mem Day).
The Senate Ways and Means budget included $15 million (of the $30 million requested) but did nothing to reverse the harmful eligibility changes scheduled to be implemented June 1st. Senator Lewis has agreed to file an amendment to protect eligibility and preserve full funding for the Health Safety Net.
Please call your Senator today and ask him or her to co-sponsor Senator Lewis's amendment.
The following information, including an amendment fact sheet is from my colleagues Deborah Harris of MLRI and Naomi Meyer of GBLS
Click on MLRI's summary of the Senate Ways and Means budget for specific details.
Good news on welfare proposals: Among other things, Senate Ways and Means
The Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 (FY 17) yesterday. MLRI offers this preliminary analysis of selected budget topics affecting low-income residents of the Commonwealth including cash assistance, anti-hunger programs, child care, health care, child welfare, homelessness and housing.
Good news! We're Getting Closer to Closing the SNAP Gap!
Senate Ways and Means released it's proposed FY2017 budget today. The Senate created a new line item, 4000-1100 and appropriated $1M for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to move toward a common application portal for MassHealth applicants and recipients to apply for SNAP as well as subsidized child care, and explore the feasibility of adding in other programs, with a goal of July 1, 2107.
In late April DTA made some changes to the statewide Assistance Line. This change also expanded the ways DTA can communicate with clients about their case. Clients now have more options about how to be reminded when things are happening in their case: eNotification, text messages and/or detailed voicemails. For many who have access to computers and reliable cell phones, this can be really good. For other clients who sign up not understanding how it works, it could become a problem if they miss important DTA communications.