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Blog Archive for November 2015

Greetings and happy holidays.

SNAP Coalition Meeting tomorrow, December 1st.

This is a brief reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, is our final 2015 SNAP Coalition meeting in Boston until 2016. There will be no SNAP meeting the week of December 21st.  The Coalition meeting will be 10 -noon at St Francis House, 6th Floor.  The agenda will include:

The NEXT Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, December 1st, from 10 to Noon at St Francis House.

The AGENDA will include an update on the state's ABAWD implementation, discussion of the next Elder Working Group meeting priorities, and an update on other state and federal SNAP and federal nutrition policies.  This email is to give you some preliminary materials for clients who may be subject to the SNAP 3 Month time limit under the reinstated federal "ABAWD" SNAP rules. 

Many of you have asked for SNAP data by city/town or Zip code on the impact of the SNAP caseload reduction in Massachusetts.  While the SNAP caseload has indeed started to turn the corner and increase since May 2015, the MA caseload has still suffered a serious decline.  We are providing you with a couple ways to look at the data:

As SNAP Coalition Members know, starting in January of 2016, thousands of Massachusetts SNAP recipients may be harmed by the reinstatement of the federal SNAP 3 month time limit.  We want to invite you to the following events to learn more about it and what you can do.

Today is the first day of open enrollment for people who are already enrolled through the Connector and want to change plans in 2016 and for people who want to obtain new coverage through the Connector for 2016.  Open enrollment is for people who don't already have coverage through MassHealth, Medicare or an employer and want to purchase a nongroup plan either through the Connector or directly from a health insurance company.