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Blog Archive for September 2016

National Voter Registration Day

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:25am -- FoodSNAP

From our good friends at Rosies Place! 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rachel Lochner, Rosie's Place
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Subject: National Voter Registration Day

Hello Rosie'€™s Place partners,

Today is National Voter Registration Day! Please share the following information with your guests/clients and networks:

Double check that you are registered to vote and find your polling place here.

SNAP COLA - Benefit Ups and Downs coming October 1st; Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting tomorrow, 9/27/16

Mon, 09/26/2016 - 4:36pm -- FoodSNAP

SNAP Cost of Living Changes Effective October 1st:

This is another crazy year when the SNAP cost of living adjustment (COLA) goes in two different directions! 

On the GOOD news front, the SNAP Shelter Deduction increases nationwide from $504 to $517/mo, and the "Standard Deduction" for 1-3 person households increases from $155 to $157/month.

On the BAD news front, the Standard Utility Allowance for Massachusetts decreases:

Mass Anti-Hunger HERO Rep McGovern to receive James Beard Award for fighting hunger, Urban Institute report on Teen Hunger

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 1:31pm -- FoodSNAP

Today's Boston Globe has a fabulous story that Congressman Jim McGovern is receiving this prestigious award for all his anti-hunger work for the nation. While James Beard is often associated with fine dining, we consider James McGovern the MASTER CHEF in raising hunger awareness in the nation and fighting tirelessly - with all the tools in the kitchen - to protect SNAP, Child Nutrition, TEFAP and other critical anti-hunger programs! 

9/20 Emergency Assistance MCLE training, upcoming SNAP Coalition dates

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 5:16pm -- FoodSNAP

Emergency Assistance Shelter Training at MCLE:

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) present:

Assisting Families Experiencing Homelessness: EA Shelter & Benefits

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Location: Mass. Continuing Legal Education, 10 Winter Pl., Boston (Downtown Crossing)

ConnectorCare changes for 2017

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 2:21pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Much higher premiums tied to plan choices even for the very poor

Bad news from the Connector at yesterday's board meeting. Since the Connector started offering coverage in 2006, its enrollees below the poverty level, like MassHealth enrollees, have been able to choose from any available managed care organization (MCO) with no premium charge. No more. People at all income levels will still have access to at least one "affordable" MCO -- for people below 150% FPL, affordable means no member premium contribution--but other choices may mean substantially higher premiums.


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