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Action Alert: Affordable Care Act at Risk in US Senate

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 5:42pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Senate Republicans are trying again to garner 50 votes to repeal & replace the Affordable Care Act.  The threat is real.  What can we do here in Massachusetts where both our US Senators and our Governor already oppose the latest effort to repeal & replace the ACA? Time again to call our friends & family in key states to weigh in with their Senators or Governors this time asking them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Our friends at Health Care for All lay it all out here:

Hunger Awareness Month: Local Mayors Step up to Plate; Infographics on how SNAP helps Kids and Elders; GBFB Media Defending SNAP

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:36pm -- FoodSNAP

Local, state and national anti-hunger advocates are dialing it up!  Thank you all for your tremendous advocacy during Hunger Awareness Month.  Keep it up.

We want to share with you some excellent advocacy and powerful tools you can use to communicate with local, state and federal elected officials and the media about the importance of SNAP:

SNAP Alert: New protections for DTA clients concerned about security

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 3:36pm -- FoodSNAP

Important update for DTA clients concerned about security (including DV survivors and victims of identity theft):

What has DTA done in the past for clients worried about security?

DTA case information is confidential. DTA cannot release any case information to a 3rd party unless they have permission to do so from the DTA client. However, in some situations a DTA client may be concerned about an abuser or identity thief getting access to their confidential case information--including their new address or phone number.

SNAP Policy Updates: Oct 1st SNAP COLA changes; HIP Update; Discount Museum/Arts Passes for EBT households

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 12:31pm -- FoodSNAP

We wanted to give you a few SNAP updates post Labor Day including the upcoming SNAP COLA changes, the good news on the Healthy Incentives Program expansion and DTA's new initiative with the Mass Cultural Council. And, please don't forget about DTA's excellent guidance for helping TX and LA families and individuals who end up in MA due to Hurricane Harvey. Let us know if you need help with newly arriving households.

SNAP Helps 1 in 13 Working Massachusetts Residents Put Food on the Table - CBPP Info-graphics and Fact Sheets

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:05am -- FoodSNAP

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities released its updated fact sheets highlighting how SNAP impacts low wage workers in the United States and in each and every state. See the Center's Septebmer 1, 2017 blog post - https://www.cbpp.org/blog/snap-supports-workers-in-every-state. Attached are:

  • CBPP's fact sheet on Massachusetts working families, PDF download. 

  • MLRI's quick reference chart on SNAP benefits for full and part time working families. 

Problems Surfacing re Free School Meals for Children living with Relatives; Fliers in English and Spanish

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:56pm -- FoodSNAP

Free School Meal Direct Certification Problems:

School has started, and so have the problems ! MLRI received calls from a grandparent and then an aunt with children NOT automatically "directly certified" for free school meals. Each child receives MassHealth, and one gets SSI and the other two get federal Adoption Assistance. Medicaid is provided along with these federal benefits. These children are entitled to free school meals and the income of their caregivers should not be counted!

More MA Low Income College Students Eligible for SNAP! Major Policy Changes Released TODAY!!

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:11pm -- FoodSNAP

We are thrilled to let you know that DTA released policy guidance TODAY in order to qualify more low-income college students for SNAP benefits!  MLRI has been working closely with DTA over the past six months to figure out policy options to address food insecurity of college students who do not qualify for SNAP because they do not receive Work Study, work 20 hours a week, care for a child or meet the other narrow student rules.  The Urban Institute recently issued a report, Accessing Food I

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