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Please urge your Rep to co-sponsor Rep Livingstone's SNAP Gap/Common App Amendment #31

The House Ways and Means budget released its FY18 Budget yesterday. Unfortunately the budget does not include language or funding to close the SNAP Gap, although there continues to be deep concerns with the growing health care/MassHealth costs in the budget. There is ample national and state research that confirms that access to core nutrition benefits like SNAP helps to reduce health care costs. 

Rep Jay Livingstone has filed Amendment # 31. This Amendment does two things:

  • It directs the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to give MassHealth applicants and recipients the option of filing a SNAP application at the same time they apply or get a renewal of their MassHealth.
  • It provides $2M for IT/systems costs, and $2M for additional DTA SNAP worker to handle the anticipated growth in the SNAP caseload (interviews, processing the applications).

Attached is a list of all the House co-sponsors for the SNAP Gap Legislation, House Bill 101, but are pushing a budget campaign too. To find the SNAP Gap for each State Rep, check our interactive map here

House Reps have until Thursday at 5 PM to sign onto the Amendment # 31. The Reps sign directly onto amendments through the internal LAWS portal (they just need the Amendment number). ;

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