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Important SNAP Events, MassHealth Enrollment Events and DTA's New Website

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:36am -- FoodSNAP

TO:  SNAP Coalition Members

FR:  Pat Baker

1.  Verifications webinar: Thanks to all who participated in the Verifications webinar yesterday!  Well over 100 folks registered, and we got some great questions came in through chat and email !  Helping agencies that missed the webinar and would like a link to the recording, shoot an email to Vicky Negus:

MassHealth Enrollment Events

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 3:51pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

The attached flyer shows the location of MassHealth enrollment events scheduled around the state through the end of March.

The next scheduled enrollment event is on Jan. 19 in Boston

"Come to a MassHealth event to talk to us one-on-one about everything MassHealth, including coverage, eligibility, and health plan enrollment. MassHealth staff will be available to help you with new health plan options, changing your primary care provider (PCP), or other questions you have about MassHealth."

DTA is Hosting a SNAP "ABAWD" Webinar on Friday January 19th 10am -12pm; No training in Gloucester on Friday

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 5:16pm -- Anonymous (not verified)

TO:  SNAP Coalition Members

FR:  Pat Baker and Vicky Negus

DTA is hosting a special webinar on Friday, January 19th to share with stakeholders important information about the SNAP program for childless individuals who are "able-bodied without dependents" or ABAWDs.  This involves a federal SNAP rule that went back into effect in January of 2016 - the rule limits SNAP benefits to 3 months for ABAWDs who were not exempt or meeting a work rule. 

DTA outreach to SNAP households with potentially eligible college students; Student hunger in the news

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 9:56am -- Anonymous (not verified)

TO:  SNAP Coalition Members

FR:  Pat Baker and Vicky Negus

As you may recall, in August, DTA  implemented a policy clarification to allow more low-income college students to potentially qualify for SNAP benefits. DTA and the Department of Higher Education (DHE) are now working to identify potentially eligible students. 

SNAP Replacement Benefits due to Jan 4th Winter Storm - DTA Alert on Household Misfortune Benefits

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:41pm -- Anonymous (not verified)

TO:  SNAP Coalition Members

FR:  Pat Baker and Vicky Negus


DTA has just issued an alert to SNAP Outreach partners and key stake holders about the process for a household to request SNAP replacement benefits.  Please advise the households you work with of their right to claim replacement benefits if the lost power or food spoiled as a result of the storm.

Upcoming Basic Benefits Trainings: Veterans Benefits on Jan 16 and SNAP 101 on Jan 25

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 4:07pm -- FoodSNAP

Greetings and brace yourselves for the first major winter storm of 2018 (and bitterly cold weather this weekend)!  If the Governor declares a state of emergency, we anticipate many "non-essential" state workers will be advised to stay at home.  Note, DTA is currently prioritizing SNAP and cash interviews and urgent case processing tasks today in advance of the storm.   

MLRI SNAP Verifications Webinar - 1/11 at 2 pm - sign up by COB Monday, Jan 8!

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 2:56pm -- Anonymous (not verified)

To: Food SNAP Coalition 
Fr: Vicky Negus and Pat Baker

On December 18, 2017, DTA implemented major changes with the goal of reducing unnecessary verification (proof) demands for SNAP and cash benefits. MLRI is hosting a one hour webinar on January 11, 2018 from 2-3 PM to share general information about verifications and SNAP and to give an overview of the changes. 

MassHealth Provisional Income Eligibility Change Approved

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 5:11pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

CMS (the Federal Medicaid Agency) has approved MassHealth's request to stop doing Provisional Income Eligibility for adults.  The 2-page approval letter is attached, the related changes to the waiver documents are posted here:


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