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Blog Archive for October 2016

SNAP Interview Calls:

We have been seeing cases where clients do not receive an interview call  from DTA at the scheduled interview time. The client then receives a "notice of missed interview." 

First, please let us know if you have any clients who do not get an interview call on the date/time in the interview appointment letter.

Neighborhood Health Plan

Today's Globe has a good front page story about what is going on with Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP):

NHP-MassHealth Enrollment Freeze eff. Oct. 18, 2016

Attached please find a new income chart for use in ConnectorCare and Qualified Health Plans for Open Enrollment which begins November 1st, for effective coverage beginning in January 2017.  These new numbers are based on the 2016 Federal Poverty level and are used for benefits for the year, beginning in January, with enrollment opening on November 1st. Open Enrollment runs from November 1st through January 31st.

Right of Homeless Clients to Apply for SNAP - even if no address or getting meals at a shelter: 

Thanks to the terrific advocacy work of Gina Plata-Nino of Central West Justice Center, DTA issued recent policy guidance to workers reminding about the right of homeless clients to apply for SNAP even if they get food at a shelter or do not have a mailing address. Attached is DTA's Blurb 55 - issued a few days ago. 

This is brief reminder that the October Boston SNAP Coalition meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House.

The SNAP Coalition AGENDA will include:

  • Anti-Hunger policy priorities for next federal Administration - brief discussion with Coalition members

  • 2017 State Legislative/Budget Priorities including the SNAP Gap Campaign for 2017; MA Food Trust, MEFAP, School Meals and other priorities (please share what you will be working on)

We want to give you some updated information on some positive policies DTA has issued around verifications, but also flag some ongoing problems with the DTA Assistance Line.

SNAP 101 Trainings with MLRI and Greater Boston Food Bank - 10/17 and 11/2

This is a quick reminder of upcoming SNAP 101 trainings (all are free):

  • Monday, October 17th in Framingham from 9:30 to Noon.

  • Wednesday, November 2nd in Falmouth from 1:30 - 4 PM.

  • There will be a training in Beverly, likely in early December but the date is TBA.

See also last week's Boston Globe opinion piece on same:

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Subject: New report on campus food insecurity

Disability rights activists, PCAs and the union representing them have made some progress with the Office of Medicaid in this on-going controversy about Personal Care Attendant Over-Time (PCA OT).

Settlement in Wage Match case

We are writing to alert you to a settlement in wage match lawsuit filed a few years ago against the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA).