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February 2021

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SNAP/Food Stamps Advocacy 101
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02/03/2021 - 9:30am to 12:30pm
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Webcast

The federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called Food Stamps) remains the first line of defense against hunger for thousands of Massachusetts residents. Families and individuals often struggle with getting their SNAP applications and recertifications approved. Collecting all the required proofs, and having the required phone interview, can be overwhelming for an unrepresented household. Some of the most challenging cases involve the rules for immigrant-headed households as well as the rules impacting certain childless individuals.

9:30am to 12:30pm
 
 
Utilities - Advocacy for Low-Income Households
Date: 
02/03/2021 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
Webcast

This training covers the broad range of topics that arise when low-income households are trying to initiate or protect their utility service, as well as pay their non-utility energy bills (oil, and propane).

Topics will include: how to start service and protect service from termination, how to restore terminated service, how to get on the low-income discount rate, payment plans, and arrearage management programs, funding sources that help pay utility bills, helping victims of domestic violence and violent crimes. and advocating for clients at the Department of Public Utilities.

1:00pm to 4:00pm
 
 
 
 
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Protecting Struggling Consumers from Bad Debt Collection Practices: FTC Updates
Date: 
02/08/2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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webinar

Webinar organized by the Legal Services Corporation: Join us to hear about the debt collection issues the Federal Trade Commission has been seeing.  These issues include phantom debt, unlawful collection threats, credit reporting issues, and other misrepresentations regarding the nature of the debt. 

2:00pm to 3:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
Overview of the TAFDC Program, Massachusetts' Cash Assistance Program for Families
Date: 
02/12/2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Location: 
Webcast

This training is for legal services advocates, lawyers in private practice, social and health services workers, and community activists who want to learn about TAFDC (Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children)—the cash assistance program for families. The training provides an overview of program rules and information about recent changes. There will also be sessions on applying for TAFDC benefits, keeping TAFDC benefits, and child care.

Training materials include the TAFDC Advocacy Guide: An Advocate's Guide to the Massachusetts Welfare Rules for Families.

9:30am to 4:00pm
 
 
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Health Care Access Programs
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02/25/2021 - 9:30am to 4:00pm
Location: 
Webcast

This training is designed to help attendees understand Medicaid and other subsidized health programs available to people under age 65 in Massachusetts. The program provides an overview of the eligibility requirements for MassHealth, ConnectorCare and other programs and the process for applying and enrolling in coverage. It also provides an update on any significant changes to health access programs in the prior year. It reviews the way MassHealth beneficiaries obtain access to covered services including changes in the delivery of MassHealth services by Accountable Care Organizations.

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