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Blog Archive for June 2014

Starting this month, when a SNAP application or recertification is approved after the initial 30 day period DTA no longer automatically puts SNAP on the EBT card going back to the date of application. Now, if a case is approved or reopened after the first 30 days,DTA is required to determine the cause of the delay in processing and attribute "fault" to either DTA or to the client. If it is client fault, SNAP will be "prorated" and issued from the date DTA got everything they needed to determine eligibility. If it is DTA's fault, SNAP will go back to the date of the application.

FRAC is hosting a Webinar on July 8 at 3 pm regarding Community Eligibility. The FRAC webinar is a great opportunity for advocates and school administrators to ask questions about CEP and opting in for the 2014-15 school year.

Food Research and Action Center

For Immediate Release - June 20, 2014

Patrick Administration Announces Steps to Ensure Equity in Health Care Coverage for Gender Dysphoria

BOSTON The Patrick Administration today announced reforms to health care insurance coverage to ensure that Massachusetts residents who need transgender related services have full access to the health care treatments they need. Through MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, and the Division of Insurance (DOI), these reforms will further enhance health care access for Massachusetts residents.

This is a reminder that the June SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, June 24 from 10 to Noon at St. Francis House in Boston (6th floor). Pat Baker is on vacation so Vicky Negus will be chairing the meeting. 

The Coalition meeting agenda will include:

A conference committee is currently ironing out differences between the House & Senate budget bills for the state fiscal year beginning July 1.  MMPI, Mass. Budget & MLRI have produced a budget brief comparing the health-related provisions between the two bills. The brief is available at this address: 

This is a reminder that the NEXT Boston SNAP Coalition will be Tuesday, June 24th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House. Vicky Negus of MLRI will be chairing this meeting. An agenda will follow next week.
USDA announced yesterday that they are EXTENDING the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to August 31st! See announcement from CBPP and FRAC below. Please urge all schools with high poverty rates to consider this important option.
And here's some great resources from Child Health Watch about CEP including their June 11th Brief: Food is Medicine: Why Community Eligibility is a Prescription for Hunger-Free Schools

Good news --CMS has extended the coverage slated to end on June 30 until Dec 31 2014 --see the announcement from the Connector & MassHealth below. This affects the over 227,000 people now enrolled in temporary MassHealth Standard coverage, the over 90,000 still enrolled in Commonwealth Care, the over 3,000 former Medical Security Program participants still enrolled in Network Health, and the new group of undocumented immigrants finally enrolled into MassHealth Limited starting early this month.