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1.      Two opportunities to regain 3-months retroactive MassHealth coverage for all MassHealth members


Thanks to all of you able to attend the special SNAP Coalition meeting on Tuesday the 14th to welcome USDA’s FNS Deputy Regional Director Lizbeth Silbermann and her team.  

The next SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, September 28th from 10-11:30  AM.  Among other agenda items, DTA will share robust updates including on the October 1 increase to SNAP (and materials on that increase to come from MLRI!) 

We are writing with some follow up items from Tuesday's meeting:

We want to be sure you saw this important statement (below) from Luis Guarda, President of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)  highlighting USDA's recently released 2020 food insecurity data. Please take note of this very troubling data point: 

MLRI is hosting a special SNAP Coalition meeting on Tuesday, September 14th to welcome the new USDA Food and Nutrition Service Deputy Regional Administrator Lizbeth Silbermann and give Coalition members updates on the new Thirty Food Plan changes to SNAP, updated 2020 food insecurity data and more. (We will also hold our "regular" Coalition meeting on Tuesday, 9/28).

9/14 SNAP Coalition Agenda:

We hope you are all safe after the most recent storm. We have a host of updates and information below - Pat and I hope you have had some time away this summer to rejuvenate. We are so appreciative of the work you all do, and we need all of your collective energy as we move ahead! 
We hope you all are safe after yesterday's storms. Please see below for 2 important updates! Reminder there is NO Coalition meeting tomorrow. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 14th. 

August 18, 2021 Health Updates

On Aug 18, 2021 MassHealth Released Its Draft 1115 Waiver Renewal Proposal for Comment

Lots of news below, including a permanent boost in SNAP effective 10/1, but also a “benefits cliff” loss of Unemployment benefits after Labor Day.  

There is NO SNAP Coalition meeting next week. We will have two Coalition meetings in September –September 14thand 28th.


USDA authorizes permanent increase to SNAP effective October 2021