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Blog Archive for January 2016

Not wasting any time, or even waiting for the beginning of the next fiscal year, the Baker Administration has come out with draft regulations at http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/eohhs/eohhs-regs/hsn-613-redline.pdf  which dramatically cutback on  Health Safety Net free-care for the poor.

Yesterday, January 27, 2016, Governor Baker released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 (FY 17), which is referred to as House 2. MLRI offers this preliminary analysis of selected budget topics impacting low-income residents of the Commonwealth. Download MLRI's preliminary analysis here: /content/governors-fy-2017-budget-proposal-mlris-preliminary-analysis-selected-issues

The Governor'€™s FY 2017 Budget Proposal: Preliminary Analysis of Selected Cash and Nutrition Assistance, Child Care, Child Welfare, Health Care, Homelessness Services, Housing, State Earned Income Tax Credit and Legal Services Items

On January 27, 2016, Governor Baker released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 (FY 17), which is referred to as House 2. MLRI offers this preliminary analysis of selected budget topics impacting low-income residents of the Commonwealth.

Download MLRI's preliminary analysis from this link:

1. SNAP Coalition Meetings Next Week

The Boston SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, January 26th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston (39 Boylston Street, 6th Floor).  The AGENDA will include:

Attached in English and Spanish is a notice of 4 upcoming enrollment events where people needing to apply or reapply/renew MassHealth coverage can get in-person help from MassHealth and Connector staff and certified enrollment assisters.  If your organization serves people in Worcester, Dorchester, Hyannis or Malden, please consider posting the flyer in your waiting room and/or distributing it to community groups with which you work.
 
  • Jan. 21 Worcester
  • Jan. 27 Dorchester
  • Feb 4 Hyannis

1. SNAP benefits for households earning new $10 minimum wage:

Apologies for the long post, a lot is happening in the world of eligibility and enrollment in MassHealth and ConnectorCare. As always please let Neil Cronin or Vicky Pulos at MLRI know how these changes are affecting your clients.

Four new enrollment events in Jan and Feb 2016: in person help from MassHealth and Connector staff to apply, re-apply and enroll in Worcester, Dorchester, Hyannis and Malden

Happy New Year to Health Advocates Everywhere,

We will be sending out an update on Open Enrollment, the MassHealth Renewal-Reapplication process and other developments soon.
 
Happy New Year to all ! We have some important updates for Coalition members.
 

DTA Implements a Single 200% SNAP Gross Income Test for ALL Households!

Effective yesterday, Jan 4, 2016, DTA implemented a single gross income test at 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL). This eliminates the state's confusing bifurcated gross income tests where one bucket of SNAP households (families with children, elder or disabled) had to meet the 200% FPL test, and another bucket had to meet a 130% FPL test.