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Blog Archive for March 2015

On March 20, 2015 the Health Connector began sending out delayed denial notices to a group of 34,000 immigrants who it says are not eligible immigrants.

Some of the immigrants getting these notices are legal immigrants who should not be denied.

Attached is an alert for affected immigrants including information about how to get legal assistance. Please help GBLS and MLRI to identify legal immigrants incorrectly denied benefits by distributing this form and letting any of your patients or clients know how to contact us.

Alert to legal aid offices and social service providers about MassHealth terminations and the availability of MassHealth Renewal Extensions:

It is not too late for renewing MassHealth members who receive termination notices to reapply and reinstate their coverage back to the date it ended, and you can help

What happened?

The ARC Food Program just alerted us to this problem (described below). The ARC files SNAP applications for food pantry guests on Saturdays.  We know there are so many problems you are juggling trying to get your clients on SNAP or back onto SNAP.
CORI: Basics of the Law for Legal Aid and Community Service Providers
When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (9:30 - 12:15)

Location: Mass Continuing Legal Education10 Winter Place, Boston
March 25, 2015 alert from Families USA
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) directed the DTA to SUSPEND the automated DOR wage matches based on the extent of errors and confusion in this error filled match. The auto wage match notices and auto case closings were suspended on March 21st and will stay suspended until at least June 1st, or longer. 
This is a reminder of tomorrow's (3/24/15) SNAP Coalition meeting, 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston (6th Floor). DTA Central and USDA New England Regional Office (NERO) staff will also be attending the meeting, per usual. 

Attached is an updated fact sheet on the SNAP caseload crisis in Massachusetts. We do not yet have the January 2015 caseload data, but we have reason to believe that MA has suffered a 10% SNAP caseload drop since January 2014!
The NEXT meeting of the Boston SNAP Coalition is Tuesday, March 24th from 10 to Noon.  The meeting is held at St Francis House in Boston, 39 Boylston Street, Boston MA - 6th Floor.