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.
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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.
Treatment for Lipodystrophy: It's Now the Law!
(information from GLAD)
Attached are two contact lists for DTA Client Assistance Coordinators and Domestic Violence Specialists.
Client Assistance Coordinators:
Every DTA office has at least one Client Assistance Coordinators (CACs), with 2 in the larger offices. They are supervisors who have a reduced caseload in order to focus on helping clients with disabilities. They can help with accommodation requests, discuss DTA rules and disability related barriers, and other disability protections, such as good cause or disability exemptions.
Change to DTA Interview Calls
DTA is making a change to how interview calls are made in SNAP cases. This change is scheduled to happen this Thursday, August 11.
Clients applying for SNAP are required to have an interview. Clients doing a recertification are also required to have an interview -- unless everyone in the household is over 60 or disabled. Clients doing an interim report should not have an interview unless something in the interim report is questionable.
Below is a message from DTA regarding a letter erroneously mailed to DTA clients by Columbia Gas. Columbia Gas and DTA are taking steps to inform the clients sent this erroneous letter, but please reach out if you have clients who contact you with issues or questions.
Attached is a copy of the letter sent.
From: Mangini, Brittany (DTA)
Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2016 10:24 AM
Subject: Utilities Discount letter mailed in error to DTA clients by Columbia Gas
Dear SNAP Outreach Providers,
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) present a series of trainings every year for legal, social, health services, and community advocates who assist low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Each session includes substantive materials and is led by expert advocates from legal services programs throughout the state. The 2016-2017 series covers 11 different topics (see below). Also attached is a PDF of the training events.
1. Veto override updates:
TAFDC cash assistance:
On the GOOD news front, both the House and Senate overrode the Governor's TAFDC vetoes which totaled almost $24M in cuts! This PROTECTS the full TAFDC clothing allowance and STOPS the proposal to cut TAFDC benefits by counting the SSI of disabled children or disabled parents as income to the rest of the TAFDC family.
The alert below is from Deborah Harris, MLRI. PLEASE EMAIL, TWEET or CALL your House Member tomorrow !
Check out Hester Prynne's commentary on Governor's veto of language to protect low income families with disabled members: https://hesterprynne.net/2016/07/21/field-notes-from-the-state-budget-gov-targets-the-disabled/