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Blog Archive for May 2016

MassLive Press Story - Time to Close the SNAP Gap with Common Application !

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 8:41am -- FoodSNAP

Hot off the press!

Senate considers merging applications for MassHealth, food stamps, Shira Schoenberg, May 26, 2016 at 12:02 PM

http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/05/senate_considers_merging_appli.html

"If someone can do both functions, the benefit is to patients, to consumers," Silva-Winbush (Codman Square Health Center) said. "It would allow us to cross-train individuals and go to a one-stop shop." ..... 

Good News On Health Safety Net

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 8:21am -- Health-Law-Anno...

Last night the Senate adopted a redrafted amendment by Senator Lewis which puts the eligibility cuts in the Health Safety Net off until next April at the earliest.  Here is the amendment language.

Messrs. Lewis, Keenan, Moore and Brady, Ms. L'Italien, Messrs. Donnelly, Eldridge, Rush, Barrett, Montigny, Humason, Timilty, McGee, Boncore, Lesser and deMacedo moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section 77 the following section:-

Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting AGENDA for May 24th; 3 Month Time Limit Check In; Free School Meals for Grandkids/Immigrant Kids

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 5:40pm -- FoodSNAP

The next Boston SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, May 24th from 10 AM - 12 PM at St Francis House in Boston, 39 Boylston Street, 6th Floor. (Yes, always the 4th Tuesday of the month, not after Mem Day).

Ask Your Senator to Co-Sponsor Sen. Lewis' Health Safety Net Amendment

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 1:59pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

The Senate Ways and Means budget included $15 million (of the $30 million requested) but did nothing to reverse the harmful eligibility changes scheduled to be implemented June 1st. Senator Lewis has agreed to file an amendment to protect eligibility and preserve full funding for the Health Safety Net.

Please call your Senator today and ask him or her to co-sponsor Senator Lewis's amendment.

MLRI's Budget Analysis for Senate Ways and Means FY2017; Anti-Hunger Amendments on MEFAP, Food Trust and FINI

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 10:05am -- FoodSNAP

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 (FY 17) yesterday.  MLRI offers this preliminary analysis of selected budget topics affecting low-income residents of the Commonwealth including cash assistance, anti-hunger programs, child care, health care, child welfare, homelessness and housing.

The masslegalservices link is here: /content/summary-and-analysis-fy-17-senate-ways-and-means-budget-proposal.

Senate Ways and Means seeks to CLOSE the SNAP Gap and create a Common Application Portal!

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 5:15pm -- FoodSNAP

Good news! We're Getting Closer to Closing the SNAP Gap!

Senate Ways and Means released it's proposed FY2017 budget today. The Senate created a new line item, 4000-1100 and appropriated $1M for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to move toward a common application portal for MassHealth applicants and recipients to apply for SNAP as well as subsidized child care, and explore the feasibility of adding in other programs, with a goal of July 1, 2107.

DTA eNotification, text messages and voicemails: opt-ing in and what you should know

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 2:38pm -- FoodSNAP

In late April DTA made some changes to the statewide Assistance Line. This change also expanded the ways DTA can communicate with clients about their case. Clients now have more options about how to be reminded when things are happening in their case: eNotification, text messages and/or detailed voicemails. For many who have access to computers and reliable cell phones, this can be really good. For other clients who sign up not understanding how it works, it could become a problem if they miss important DTA communications.

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