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Blog Archive for March 2020

Dear Health Care Providers & Advocates:


Below is an update on the federal bill signed last night.  We do not have details yet on the Baker Administration’s plans for implementation but just want to give you the highlights.  We are also sharing some of the steps being taken by DTA and the Legislature.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act H.R. 6201 signed - important SNAP/federal nutrition elements!

Latest update from MassHealth. Clarifies that testing & treatment of COVID-19 are covered under emergency Medicaid (MassHealth Limited). HSN will also cover when testing/treatment provided by hospitals or CHCs. And alerts assisters to USCIS announcement that COVID-19 testing & treatment will not be considered for public charge purposes.
DTA open starting 3/18 - No in person services 
DTA has shared the below update with stakeholders. They are open and will be processing applications and cases under normal procedures/protocols - but there will be no in person services. We don't yet have confirmation of the best way for families should apply for cash assistance - please let us know if you work with families who have trouble applying for cash assistance (TAFDC or EAEDC). 
The second of two updates this morning! Thank you for bearing with us as we try to get information out to you all - we are balancing sharing accurate information as we get it with not overloading your inboxes, and information is changing at a rapid pace. 

Reminder - SNAP Coalition special COVID-19 call on 3/18 at 10 AM

All DTA offices are closed today and tomorrow (3/16 & 3/17). Non executive state employees were directed by the Governor not to go to work - information was posted on at 9 PM last night. 
I hope you are having a good, rejuvenating weekend. There have been some big updates since the end of the day on Friday, so here is a special edition weekend update!
DC court decision - ABAWD waiver rule injunction (no changes on April 1)!!

A number of updates below. During this very uncertain time, we are heartened to see the immense amount of work being done in Massachusetts to make sure low-income families can weather this pandemic.