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Blog Archive for September 2015

1. MassHealth Renewals

Extension to Oct 16 for people with disabilities.

All the signs now indicate that Government shutdown will be averted - for now. Nonetheless, we fully expect this issue to come back full throttle in early December.  More news to follow.  Looking forward, here's a couple of important events for your October 2015 calendars:

MLRI's Basic Benefits Training: Assisting Families Experiencing Homelessness - EA Shelter and Rehousing Benefits - October 8th

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 9:30 a.m. €“ 2:30 p.m
Location:  Mass. Continuing Legal Education, 10 Winter Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing)

USDA is allowing states to load up EBT benefits for October. We are still not out of the woods but this is good news.  We will keep you posted as this evolves. 
This is very important information about current deliberations in Congress and SNAP. If you do not get FRAC emails, please consider joining their eblast list.  This is a very delicate situation - we will do our best to keep you posted.

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From: Food Research and Action Center <>
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Subject: Impact of Potential Government Shutdown on SNAP Unclear

This is a REMINDER of the September SNAP Coalition Meetings and Elder SNAP Training. 

On August 1, 2015, the Office of Medicaid notified over 30,000 households containing at least one member with a disability that they had to submit a reapplication by Sept 15, 2015 in order to remain eligible for MassHealth.

This reapplication deadline applies to over 60,000 individuals.

We learned today that the number of reapplications filed to date is on the low side. Termination notices will not go out on 9-15; there will be at least a short grace period. But terminations will happen. Over 200,000 people were terminated in July.

Quick reminder on two trainings in September !

1.  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

We are writing to give you more updates of PROGRESS being made in Massachusetts!  Some of this is "in the weeds" -  but since many of you ask about or follow this stuff so, here goes: 

1.  BEACON System Improvements for SNAP Applications and Interim Reporting:  

At the end of August DTA made many updates to their computer system, BEACON. We wanted to share with you some of the biggest changes that will impact your clients and your advocacy.