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Blog Archive for May 2017

Recent news reports have highlighted a growing fear among immigrants seeking necessary services, such as food assistance, health care, and police protection. Some of these fears are based on immigrants concerned their personal information will be shared with immigration officials.

The Boston Globe highlights the harm of the President's proposed FFY18 budget on programs that provide basic supports to working families, children, seniors, persons with disabilities.

Important message from our anti-hunger champ today! Please pass on, tweet and post on Facebook.

Thank you Congressman McGovern!

McGovern: Trump Budget Hurts Families Struggling with Hunger

For you health wonks out there, the CBO estimate on the version of the American Health Care Act that passed the House early this month is now out.

23 million more people projected to lose insurance than under current law compared to 24 million in the earlier version of the bill, and a new risk of destabilizing the nongroup insurance market in those states that waive key protections in existing law.

Thanks to all of you who attended yesterday's SNAP Coalition meeting in Boston, and thanks to Ellen Vollinger of FRAC for her excellent, timely presentation of what's in the Pres's FFY18 budget and what's next. Keep in mind, the Presindent's Budget is a PROPOSED budget. The main action will start with Congress when they release their FFY18 budget (already delayed), likely sometime in June. Also keep in mind, we've been through this stuff before (2004, President Bush and a Republican-controlled House and Senate proposed cuts to SNAP, and successfully fought back).

See information from Catherine Drennan of the Greater Boston Food Bank about the Rise and Shine campaign in order to build support for the breakfast after the bell legislation filed by Sen. DiDomenico and Rep. Vega. Attached is a one pager for the legislative campaign and here is the microsite: BIG THANKS to the GBFB and all the orgs working on this important issue. 

It's come to our attention that many individuals age 18 to 50 believe they can only get SNAP for a total of three months unless they meet the SNAP work requirements or are exempt. WRONG!  Many "able-bodied without dependents" or "ABAWDs" can qualify for a SECOND three month benefit if they meet one of the following:

  • Worked for 80 hours in a 30 day period during or since they lost their SNAP benefits

On May 12, MassHealth posted notice of its intent to ask CMS for 3 amendments to the 1115 waiver.  It will accept public comments until June 12.

The public notice, summary of the proposed amendments, and draft amendment request are posted here:

Attached is MLRI's analysis of the FY18 Senate Ways and Means Budget, selected sections of the budget impacting low income households in the areas of DTA benefits, housing, health care, child care etc. Call us if questions or corrections.

Upcoming SNAP Coalition Meetings May 23 and June 1: