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Blog Archive for July 2017

MassHealth is seeking nominees to serve on a working group to address how newly formed ACOs can best address social determinants of health through social services integration and by using flexible funds available for this purpose. ACOs are expected to be enrolling members for coverage beginning March 2018.

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) present a series of trainings every year for legal, social, health services, and community advocates who assist low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Each session includes substantive materials and is led by expert advocates from legal services programs throughout the state.  The 2017-2018 series covers 11 different topics (see below). Also attached is a PDF of the training events.

The SNAP 101 training will be held on January 25, 2018 from 9:30 - 12:15.

In the wee hours this morning, the US Senate failed to muster 51 votes to repeal the ACA!! 

Big thanks to Sen. Collins, Murkowski & McCain for voting against the "skinny" repeal that even the people voting for it did not want to become law. 

Over the past few weeks we have tried to reach as many of you directly - to share very sad news about the passing of our beloved Lauren Arms Ledwith, former DTA SNAP Director and anti-hunger troubadour. We know many of you were able to attend the wake and/or funeral service, and her family was clearly very touched by the outpouring of support.  With apologies for a group e-blast, we just want to make sure we've reached everyone within the SNAP Coalition in Massachusetts and beyond. 

Things are moving quickly on Beacon Hill.  We just learned last Friday about an oversight hearing tomorrow July 25 on the FY 18 budget and the Governor's proposed MassHealth cuts.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE TURN OUT FOR THE TUESDAY 10 AM HEARING and CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS NOT TO CUT MASSHEALTH ELIGIBILITY AND BENEFITS.

A fact sheet with more info about the cuts is attached.

To recap (a plot only slightly less intricate than Game of Thrones): 

 

July 25th SNAP Coalition Meeting:

The next (and last for the summer) Meeting is Tuesday, July 25th  from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston, 39 Boylston Street Boston.  The AGENDA will include:

Thousands of people with disabilities turn to DTA for help each year.  Often, their disabilities can make it harder to get or keep the benefits they need and qualify for.

The Massachusetts Legislature's Conference Committee released their $40.2 billion dollar FY18 budget proposal late last Friday. The budget is now in front of Governor Baker. He has 10 days to issue vetoes (cut funding or eliminate language). The FY18 budget proposal then goes back to the Legislature who can override vetoes with a two-thirds vote.