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What to tell immigrant families re. public charge, medical expenses webinar, DTA Connect

A number of updates and alerts are included in this email. As always, let us know if you have questions. 
1. Public Charge: Updated messaging and information for immigrant families
As shared on Friday, the revised public charge rule was blocked by the courts on Friday. This is great news! However, we know many immigrant families continue to be concerned about accessing SNAP and other benefits. 
MLRI has updated our public charge resources with basic information in light of the injunctions. The core message to share with immigrant families is: most non-citizens can continue using the nutrition, health and housing benefits for which they are eligible without fear of public charge
The longstanding public charge rule which only considers receipt of cash welfare for income maintenance or long term institutional care at government expense as evidence of public charge remains in effect.

If non-citizens will be applying for a visa from outside the U.S. or leaving the U.S. in order to obtain the visa abroad, U.S. consular offices abroad use different rules in making the public charge decision. Non-citizens should talk with an expert for advice if they are in this situation.

For more information and a list of legal aid resources, visit
2. Register for SNAP Medical Expenses webinar - Tues, Nov 5 from 11 AM to Noon 

MLRI is hosting a SNAP medical expenses webinar with the Greater Boston Food Bank, Jewish Family and Children's Service, and The Open Door. We will share basic information about the deduction and DTA policies, the difference claiming medical expenses can make, how to talk with older adults and persons with disabilities about medical costs, and how to advocate with DTA.

Click here to register!

After you complete this registration form you will see the log in information for the webinar. MLRI will also email this log in information out a day or two before the webinar. If you have questions please contact Vicky Negus at  

3. DTA Connect will not be available this weekend 
In case you or your clients have questions or issues, DTA has let us know that the DTA Connect mobile app and online account (along with the Assistance Line's automated information) will not be available Saturday 10/19 and Sunday 10/20 because of work DTA is doing. Clients can check their EBT card balance by calling  (800) 977-8555. 


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