The next regularly scheduled Food SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, July 27th from 10 to 12 at St Francis House in Boston. 39 Boylston Street, 6th Floor. This is the LAST meeting until September.
The Coalition agenda will include:
- Unemployment Insurance (UI) extension - update on federal law extension and discussion of UI claims issues**
- USDA approved waiver for expedited SNAP benefits for households losing UI Benefits - next steps**
- Promoting the FS/SNAP medical expense deduction for elders and persons with disabilities suffering from MassHealth cuts on transportation, dental care and the increase on drug co-pays++
- New law on voided PR birth certificates - who will need to get a new birth certificates for saftey-net benefits, and how to help them
- Local reports on FS/SNAP access issues, getting interviews and verifications problems
- Update on implementation of FS/SNAP Community College policy and ongoing outreach efforts to reach low income students
- Immigrant status verification - current policy for correcting the immigration record with USCIS and how to confirm status in "S.A.V.E."
- State budget update on safety net benefits - the final FY2011 budget, vetoes and overrides affecting TAFDC, ESP, EAEDC, MEFAP, DTA Admin and more.
** Margaret Monsell, Employment Law attorney from MLRI will present an update on the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, including the status of federal UI extensions and an overview of the current UI claims process in Massachusetts. Margaret will join us at 11 AM. Even though Congress has authorized the UI extension funding, this will not affect the thousands of UI claimants reaching the maximum 99 week period of "extended benefits". Margaret will walk you through the various Tiers of the UI system, who is getting the new federal extension and what happens at the end of the line. Following her presentation and Q&A, we will talk about the recently approved USDA waiver to provide up to 90 days of expedited FS/SNAP benefits (kudos to the Governor for seeking a USDA waiver!!) We will also discuss other benefits including cash assistance, Vets Services and other benefits to help low income households losing UI. We will also review the DTA Field Ops memo instructions on how DTA staff determine when a UI benefits are exhausted.