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ABAWDs and CORIs - How you can Help Your Client Regain Temporary SNAP Eligibility

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 4:41pm -- FoodSNAP

We've heard from a number of community organizations that one of the biggest barriers in assisting low income individuals keep or regain their SNAP benefits through employment or community service is past criminal history. This was evident in a number of the appeal decisions MLRI reviewed, as well as in stories from community organizations who report that the individual's "criminal offender record information" (CORI) is surfacing as a significant barrier in doing complying with the work rules.

Proposed rule on MassHealth Managed Care Lock-in: August 10 Public Hearing

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:26pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

In January, EOHHS announced plans to implement a Managed Care lock-in policy effective October 1, 2016.  This would restrict the ability of MassHealth members to freely change managed care plans. Despite opposition from most consumer, legal aid and disability rights groups, EOHHS is moving full speed ahead to implement this change. 

Proposed rules are posted on the MassHealth website with a publication date of July 20, 2016.  A public hearing is scheduled for Wed. August 10 at 10 am in Boston. Written comments are also due by 5 pm August 10. 

Boston Herald re Gov's veto of language barring Admin from counting SSI for TAFDC

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:46am -- FoodSNAP

Veto override may be taken up today. Please call your State Representative and Speaker DeLeo. Ask them to take up the override of the Governor's veto and protect families with disabled members.

See Boston Herald article: Advocates rip cuts in disability funding

SNAP and the 3-Month Time Limit in Massachusetts: A Summary of SNAP ABAWD Terminations from Appeal Decisions and Community Group Referrals

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:26pm -- FoodSNAP

MLRI recently received from the Division of Hearings a batch of redacted appeal decisions involving the ABAWDs terminated from SNAP benefits. (The federal SNAP regulations, 7 CFR 273.15 (q)(5) requires states to keep a public docket of appeal decisions, as do the DTA Division of Hearings regulations at 106 CMR 343.130.) ABAWD = Able Bodied without Dependent. For more on the 3 month time limit, go here:

Governor's vetoes target poorest families with children, particularly families where one member is severely disabled

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:41pm -- FoodSNAP

The following information is based on an alert from MLRI's benefits attorney, Deborah Harris:

Just before 5 PM on Friday afternoon,7/8/16, the Governor issued his vetoes of parts of the FY 17 budget.

FY2017 Conference Budget Released - No Closure of SNAP Gap; McGovern calls hunger a "political issue"; FRAC's Food Hardship for June 2016 -1 in 6 families struggling

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:35pm -- FoodSNAP

FY2017 Budget and SNAP Gap, MEFAP and more:

The House and Senate finished up business on the FY2017 Conference Budget last night, passing a $39.1B budget with "nips and tucks" in many agencies. See today's Boston Globe article. The budget now goes to the Governor for his signature and/or vetoes. 

Health Safety Net in Conference Committee Report

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:16pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Last night the conference committee report on the state fy 17 budget was announced.  We had been monitoring the committee on the issue of the Health Safety Net cuts.  The Senate had placed a moratorium on the cuts until the Spring of next year, while the House planned to study the cuts.  Both the moratorium and the study were held in conference by the conferees, which essentially means they are dead.  

More MA Schools with Low Income Kids Can Apply for Universal Free School Meals before August 31st - See FRAC's Community Eligibility Database for the 2016–2017 school year!

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 10:17am -- FoodSNAP

There are over dozens of Massachusetts schools with high numbers of low income kids that could give FREE breakfast and FREE lunch to ALL students in the school - 100% free school meals - and without the administrative headaches of collecting school meals applications or $.40 for each "reduced-price" meal for kids btwn 130-185% FPL.  Known as Community Eligibility Provision(CEP), schools could receive substantially MORE in federal NSLP dollars than they are getting right now.


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