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Blog Archive for October 2017

Webinar on Oct 31st re Federal Tax Plan and Potential Impact on Core Benefits and Services

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 4:35pm -- FoodSNAP

In follow up to Tuesday's SNAP Coalition, we want to flag for you a special webinar hosted by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Tuesday, October 31st from 2-3 PM (EST). 

To REGISTER, sign up here:

Cash Assistance news: 2017 EAEDC Advocacy Guide released; Vets Services Benefits; TAFDC Campaign to end Family Cap

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:50am -- FoodSNAP

As we know you know, many individuals and families cannot survive on SNAP alone.  Here is information about cash assistance benefits that your no-income/low-income clients may qualify for, and also about the campaign to end the TAFDC "family cap"policy that deprives children of important cash assistance benefits.

Hurricane evacuees - MassHealth enrollment

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 1:47pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Important information from MassHealth on facilitating MassHealth enrollment for hurricane evacuees.

MassHealth has developed procedures to streamline the application process for these hurricane evacuees who apply for MassHealth. Here's a link to the information on MassHealth's website:

MassHealth 1115 amendment update-Oct 20 comment deadline

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:51pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

This is the latest on proposed MassHealth eligibility & benefit cuts in the second of two sets of pending 1115 amendments

1. EOHHS submitted 1115 request to CMS on 9-8-17; documents posted here:

CMS is accepting comments until OCT 20, 2017, here:

SNAP updates: Oct 1 COLA, Maria updates, self dec of transportation costs, TAFDC Family Cap petition

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 2:05pm -- FoodSNAP

We are writing with a few updates to start the week.

1. Oct 1 SNAP Cost of Living Adjustment - updated MLRI calculators and materials

As previously shared with the Coalition, as of October 1 most SNAP households will see a change in their SNAP benefits (starting with their October SNAP)

58% of households will see roughly a $2 decrease in their SNAP. 37% of households will see roughly a $7 increase in their SNAP.

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