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Blog Archive for October 2021

Our colleagues at NASW Massachusetts Chapter - and co-chairs of the Common Apps Coalition - have drafted a fantastic sign on letter for MA social workers and social work students. The goal is to both draw more attention to the growing crisis of healthcare patients who also present with significant unmet basic needs, and to urge the MA Legislature to expedite passage of this critical legislation. 

Important updates below! Pat and I will be in touch soon regarding our next Coalition meeting (we typically combine meetings in November and December to one meeting in early December due to the holidays - stay tuned!).  
We hope you are all safe and warm. 

We hope you are enjoying this lovely October day.  A few things on the horizon for today and next week.

SNAP Coalition Meeting – Tuesday, October 26th

More about LTSS expansion for immigrants in Family Assistance

Hello all, and happy Monday! A real quick action alert on the Cover All Kids legislation:


Please contact your legislators TODAY and ask them to co-sponsor Cover All Kids.


Good morning - Important updates below. In general, please let us know what the households you work with are experiencing when applying for SNAP or interacting with DTA! Our next Coalition meeting is next Tuesday, 10/26 from 10-11:30. Agenda to come!

Health Updates Oct 15, 2021


  1. Immigrant Health
  2. MassHealth Policies during COVID
  3. Health Connector Open Enrollment for 2022
  4. Basic Benefit Training for Oct & Nov 


Immigrant Health

Coming Nov 1, 2021 –Expanded scope of long term care coverage for lawfully present and PRUCOL elderly and disabled immigrants!!  Stay tuned -more to come when new guidance is published soon

Our next Health Care Working Group meeting is Wednesday (Oct 13) from 3-4:30pm. I will separately send a calendar invite with zoom information today. 
This meeting will be an open forum on your problematic health access cases, and issues you're encountering. We hope that as a group we can share/ brainstorm successful strategies for resolving each other's issues.