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Blog Archive for July 2020

MassHealth benefit changes

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 4:56pm -- Health-Law-Anno...
Enhanced benefits in MassHealth Family Assistance.
The benefits available to people enrolled in MassHealth Family Assistance has just gotten a lot better for people with serious health conditions who need skilled facility-based care but don't need to stay in a hospital and can't safely return home yet.  Kudos to MassHealth for filling this gap in care for low income documented immigrants and children who don't qualify for MassHealth Standard or CommonHealth.
 

Updated P-EBT data; Target cities and towns for more P_EBT Outreach efforts

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 12:01pm -- FoodSNAP

DTA has kindly shared updated data on the number of P-EBT cards (individual cards issued to children) in all MA cities and towns.  Most eligible families were issued nearly $399 in total P-EBT benefits, either on their DTA EBT cards or through the  P-EBT card mailed to families.  DTA sent an email yesterday to SNAP partners with important information to remind families about P-EBT, see attached PDF.  

July 13 Health Update

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 3:16pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

 

Save the Date: Next Health Care Working Group –July 22, 2020 3-4:30

·         Health Connector –Rocky start for its new customer service vendor

·         More info on July 1 exemptions to MassHealth drug copays

·         MassHealth COVID-19 “Flexibilities” –Are they working as intended?

·         New Health Connector Informational Flyer with Information on Health Connector Benefits & Public Charge

July 10th Deadline for Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Funding; MassLive OpEd on SNAP and COVID-19 Aid package

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:26am -- FoodSNAP
Rep McGovern's office kindly flagged the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI)  2020 grant. See below. We hope you have been tracking this through other networks, but just in case - here's the info and tomorrow (yes, Friday) is the deadline.  

We also want to flag for you an excellent MassLive Editorial "Food benefits essential in coronaVirus aid package.". 

SNAP/TANF anti-racism resources & DTA updates

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 4:21pm -- FoodSNAP
When it comes to how to best support the efforts of the SNAP Coalition and the anti-hunger community towards anti-racism and equitable policy changes, we at MLRI are constantly learning, and want to continue learning from all of you. Below we have compiled some resources and information, along with an immediate and longer term action step. We have also included some DTA updates and DTA information in this eblast.   
 

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