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Blog Archive for May 2017

Client privacy/confidentiality: Recommendations for food pantries/community feeding programs serving immigrant clients

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 1:50pm -- FoodSNAP

Recent news reports have highlighted a growing fear among immigrants seeking necessary services, such as food assistance, health care, and police protection. Some of these fears are based on immigrants concerned their personal information will be shared with immigration officials.

CBO estimate on American Health Care Act is out

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 5:51pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

For you health wonks out there, the CBO estimate on the version of the American Health Care Act that passed the House early this month is now out.

23 million more people projected to lose insurance than under current law compared to 24 million in the earlier version of the bill, and a new risk of destabilizing the nongroup insurance market in those states that waive key protections in existing law.

Update on President's Budget and Proposed Cuts to SNAP: ACTION STEPS for Massachusetts Anti-Hunger Advocates!

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:20am -- FoodSNAP

Thanks to all of you who attended yesterday's SNAP Coalition meeting in Boston, and thanks to Ellen Vollinger of FRAC for her excellent, timely presentation of what's in the Pres's FFY18 budget and what's next. Keep in mind, the Presindent's Budget is a PROPOSED budget. The main action will start with Congress when they release their FFY18 budget (already delayed), likely sometime in June. Also keep in mind, we've been through this stuff before (2004, President Bush and a Republican-controlled House and Senate proposed cuts to SNAP, and successfully fought back).

Rise and Shine MA - Update on School Breakfast Legislative Campaign; Pres Budget likely to propose cuts to SNAP and federal nutrition programs

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:25pm -- FoodSNAP

See information from Catherine Drennan of the Greater Boston Food Bank about the Rise and Shine campaign in order to build support for the breakfast after the bell legislation filed by Sen. DiDomenico and Rep. Vega. Attached is a one pager for the legislative campaign and here is the microsite: BIG THANKS to the GBFB and all the orgs working on this important issue. 

Getting SNAP restored for individuals age 18 to 50 - Did you know there is a second 3 month benefit?

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:50pm -- FoodSNAP

It's come to our attention that many individuals age 18 to 50 believe they can only get SNAP for a total of three months unless they meet the SNAP work requirements or are exempt. WRONG!  Many "able-bodied without dependents" or "ABAWDs" can qualify for a SECOND three month benefit if they meet one of the following:

  • Worked for 80 hours in a 30 day period during or since they lost their SNAP benefits

Proposed MassHealth changes -comments due June 12

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:21pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

On May 12, MassHealth posted notice of its intent to ask CMS for 3 amendments to the 1115 waiver.  It will accept public comments until June 12.

The public notice, summary of the proposed amendments, and draft amendment request are posted here:

MLRI Analysis of FY18 Senate Ways and Means Budget: Common App language included! Amendments being filed on HIP, Food Trust and Family Cap.

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:06pm -- FoodSNAP

Attached is MLRI's analysis of the FY18 Senate Ways and Means Budget, selected sections of the budget impacting low income households in the areas of DTA benefits, housing, health care, child care etc. Call us if questions or corrections.


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