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Blog Archive for June 2017

 

TIME Op Ed: 

Here's a powerful new op-ed by our very own Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III and Peter Edelman (former aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy) in TIME that discusses what cuts to SNAP and other safety net programs would mean for our country. http://time.com/4838245/trump-health-care-congress-food-stamps/ 

On the national health reform front:

As widely reported yesterday, the U.S. Senate will not be taking a vote on it's "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017" before the 4th of July recess, but as we know from the experience on the House --the fight is far from over.  Please continue your good work:

Health Care for All: Protect Our Care Campaign: https://www.hcfama.org/protect-our-care-campaign

1. On Tuesday, Governor Baker asked the conference committee working out a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 to include language on an employer assessment that has been in the works since January. What has not gotten into the headlines: he also advanced a completely new proposal to cut MassHealth eligibility for non-disabled adults (primarily parents but also child-less adults) and authority to cut any optional benefits potentially affecting all MassHealth beneficiaries including children, people with disabilities and the elderly.

This is a quick reminder that the Boston SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, June 27th from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston

The AGENDA will include:

  • Update on Federal/Congressional proposals around SNAP and federal nutrition programs; strategies to protect and strengthen SNAP**

  • Update on State FY18 budget and Conference Committee, and pending legislation

Recent press on impact of federal SNAP cuts on Massachusetts:

In case you missed it, here is some very recent press on the potential impact of the President's proposed cuts to SNAP on the Commonwealth and the nation.

We're writing to give you some updates on issues we've  been tracking closely including the exciting Massachusetts HIP program.

Effective July 1st, MassHealth has ended its  CMSP contract with UniCare and will be administering the program in-house.  See attached Provider Transmittal.

Also see CMSP Parent/Guardian notice which was mailed last week to parents and guardians of CMSP members

Over 55% of the Massachusetts SNAP caseload includes seniors and persons with severe disabilities. DTA's May 2017 Performance Scorecard confirms:

  • 752 Massachusetts residents (individuals) currently receive SNAP.

  • 270K are persons with disabilities under age 60 - which means they receive SSI, Social Security or MassHealth as severely disabled.

The Republican bill to repeal & replace Obamacare & gut Medicaid has dropped out of the headlines, but the danger is still very real.  Today is a national call in day to Senators who may be asked  to vote on the "American Health Care Act" (AHCA) before the end of June.

Greetings SNAP Gap Common App Coalition & Supporters,

It's time for the last big push to get language included in the final FY18 Budget to close the SNAP Gap! Given the current fiscal situation, the likelihood of getting funds in the budget are slim, however, there is immense support in both the House and the Senate for addressing this issue and getting families and individuals the nutrition assistance they need.