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Blog Archive for August 2015

As you start dusting off the pile of unopened mail and emails from your summer break or getting kids back to school, we wanted to alert you to a number of SNAP related events that you may want to tuck into your fall calendar. We are also delighted to include an MLRI job announcement on a very exciting project!  So, brace yourselves for a busy fall!!

SNAP Academy Webinar - SNAP and Low Income College Students: September 16th

This one hour FREE webinar is on:Wednesday, September 16th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST

Greetings. In case you are not on the CBPP eblast list, their SNAP Academy Webinar series is gearing up again - with the first starting on September 16th. These are FREE webinars with presenters throughout the country on important SNAP issues. Mark your calendars !! See also link for audio/powerpoints on first webinar series.

1. MassHealth Renewals.

MassHealth is about half-way through the process of renewing eligibility for 1.2 million beneficiaries before the end of 2015.

Renewals for People with Disabilities Underway-Workaround needed for some adults

MassHealth just released preliminary results on the first 500,000 MassHealth beneficiaries to have their eligibility renewed in the new computer eligibility system. It's attached.

The positive spin is that 80% of people who were required to reapply, responded in some way, and that of those who completed an application 83% were still eligible for MassHealth.

Below is a detailed email from Frank Nocito Martinez regarding the MA FINI grants under the Healthy Incentive Program (HIP) for Boston, North East. South Shore, Central and Western MA. Please contact Frank if you have questions. This is an exciting opportunity to increase SNAP participation in farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets and CSAs by making fresh fruits and veggies affordable!.

1. MassHealth is about half-way through its renewal process for 1.2 million members.  

Greetings in the early weeks of August. We are writing to share a couple of items that have surfaced recently and flag new issues. 

1. MA SNAP Caseload No Longer Dropping - Most recent USDA SNAP data shows small MA caseload increase in May 2015!!  THANK YOU!! 

The battle is not over to repair the broken safety-net, but we have GOOD NEWS!  We have STOPPED THE DROP! 

Fallon Total Care, one of the plans contracted with MassHealth and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide One Care as part of the Massachusetts capitated Financial Alignment Demonstration, has decided that they will be leaving One Care as of September 30, 2015. Fallon Total Care provides One Care coverage in Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties to approximately 5,475 individuals.