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Boston SNAP Coalition AGENDA for Tues 1/22: Action Alert on Shutdown and More Advocacy Resources

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:41pm -- FoodSNAP

This is a reminder of the SNAP Coalition Meeting in Boston on Tuesday, Jan 22nd from 10-Noon at St Francis House, 6th Floor.  Below are updates on the federal shutdown and Action Steps.   We are also including some updated resources for your SNAP and TAFDC advocacy and info on an upcoming Tenants Rights event.

Jan 22 Coalition AGENDA:

FPL & more shut down info

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 4:01pm -- Health-Law-Anno...
The 2019 Federal Poverty Levels have been released by HHS but publication in the federal register has apparently been delayed by the shut down. For comparison, 100% FPL for one person will go from $12,140 to $12,490 when the new income levels take effect.
 
MassHealth will implement the 2019 poverty levels March 1 & MLRI will update our Table of MassHealth Upper Income Limits at that time too.

SNAP & Shutdown UPDATE: Feb SNAP issued Jan 17-20th + flier for distribution

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 3:56pm -- Health-Law-Anno...
Federal HHS is funded through Sept 2019 which means health advocates have not had to worry about the effect of the federal government partial shut-down on MassHealth and most other health programs. But your patients and members may be seeing the effects of the shut down on other federal benefits --such as early issuance of their February SNAP benefits.

Will the MA Minimum Wage to $12 Create a "Cliff Effect" for Working Families? NO!

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 12:05pm -- FoodSNAP

The Massachusetts minimum wage increased to $12 effective January 2nd - TODAY!  Our friends at MassBudget have created a fantastic info graphic highlighting how 662K MA workers will benefit from the min wage increase to $12 in January 2019. TY to MassBudget! Please click on links in eblast below.

 

Benefits Cliff with Min wage? 

A number of folks have reached out to MLRI asking if an increase in household wages will trigger loss of SNAP benefits and/or free school meal status. NO! Here's what you need to know: 

 

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