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Blog Archive for April 2020

The first round of the pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits to Massachusetts households were issued TODAY - for certain households with active DTA benefits (see below). Also, active SNAP households will also get their April emergency SNAP supplement, likely around May 2nd. 

We will have lots of updates on our next SNAP Coalition Zoom call on Tuesday May 5th from 10-11:30. (Zoom info to come)  

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, for our weekly SNAP COVID-19 Zoom call.  Agenda below.  We also have a few updates.  Please let Pat or Vicky know if you have additional items for the agenda.

Emergency Grants to community groups working with older adults:

Yesterday April 24, 2020, MassHealth filed an emergency 1115 waiver request for changes they are asking for as of Mar 1 and that would continue throughout the public health emergency.  
 

We have an important action alert for you today, from 3-4 PM EST. #SNAP Matters Twitterstorm!

Health Update April 22, 2020

Social Determinants COVID-19 Update: More help available

Thanks to the more than 135 of you who called in to this morning's Zoom. We will do another weekly call next Tuesday, 4/28, from 10-11:30. Below are updates and information to follow up to today's call. 
 
MLRI information: Reporting rules for workers on SNAP who start to get Unemployment Insurance (UI)
 
Many have asked us about when workers need to report receipt of UI to DTA.
 
This is a long update - but chock full of important information. 
 
Updates below on expanded UI for self employed/gig workers, important 4/22 deadline for Social Security recipients with kids, tomorrow's SNAP National Day of Action, and a 4/23 housing zoom Q&A.  
 

The IRS issued an alert today that it will be automatically sending $1200 recovery rebates soon to eligible Social Security beneficiaries who do not have to file taxes BUT that if those beneficiaries are entitled to the added $500 payment for a qualifying child, they must supply information in the