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A New Year

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 4:31pm -- Health-Law-Anno...
Hello Everyone,
January 1 always ushers in changes in health care coverage programs from open enrollment to annual cost of living adjustments.  Listed below are some of the Jan 1 health related changes that you may find useful to know. And let's not forget the Massachusetts minimum wage goes up from $12 to $12.75 per hour on Jan 1.
 

What’s new in January 2020?

Medicare Savings Program Expansion eff. Jan 1

Warm welcome to DTA Commissioner Kershaw:, Treatment of US Census income; Min wage impact on SNAP; EITC outreach, upcoming events

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 9:36am -- FoodSNAP
Today is the 6th Day of 2020 - Happy New Decade!  Hope you are all rested up from the holidays for the battles that lie ahead in SNAPland!  And remember to use the hashtag, #HandsOffSNAP  
 
We are writing with a couple of important updates and announcements.

Today's Boston Globe Editorial on SNAP cuts; Chart on the SNAP proposals; Lift the Kids pro/con - Please VOTE!

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 9:46am -- FoodSNAP

With so much going on at the federal level in SNAPland, it is hard to keep up. As our colleague Ellen Vollinger of FRAC often says: It’s more than a sprint, it’s a Marathon – but hang in there!

Status of SNAP proposed rules: 

ABAWD SNAP Time Limit Update; Upcoming Hunger Free Campus Briefing; Boston SNAP Coalition Meetings for 2020

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 4:56pm -- FoodSNAP

ABAWD 3-month time limit - important update: 

We have received a LOT of calls from low income households and community orgs about the Trump Administration final SNAP rules impacting “able-bodied adults without dependents” or ABAWDs, including from low-income persons worried about losing their SNAP benefits. 

First, please assure the low income households you work with:

Conference call option 12/5 Central MA Coalition, not rescheduling Boston + 2020 Boston Coalition dates

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 1:01pm -- FoodSNAP
Sign up for Central MA SNAP Coalition Conference Call - Thurs 12/5 at 10 AM
 
We will not be rescheduling today's canceled Boston SNAP Coalition meeting due to the December holidays. Instead, we have worked with Central West Justice Center (thank you to Gina Plata-Nino!) who chairs the Central MA Coalition to offer a conference call option on Thursday (for those not already attending in person). 
 

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