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Take budget action on MassHealth

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 2:27pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Earlier in the day we sent out MLRI's summary of the HWM budget. Amendments are due tomorrow.  While health programs fared far better than services for homeless families or cash assistance recipients, the budget did not address ongoing problems with restricted dental benefits, unreasonable delays at MassHealth offices, or support for outreach and enrollment grants.

Please call your representatives to co-sponsor the following health amendments which are priorities of the Affordable Care Today Coalition.

DTA Recognized by Obama Administration for SNAP related Tornado Response in 2011

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 12:35pm -- FoodSNAP

We want to be sure you see this just issued press release (below) noting the Obama administration's recognition of the outstanding job DTA did in responding to last year's June 1st tornado in Western Mass (not to mention their response the end of August Hurricane Irene and the Nor'Easter in October).  As Coalition members may recall, the Coalition nominated DTA for a Hunger Champion Award in 2011. 

FOUR SNAP Outreach and E&T Reimbursement Information Sessions - April 23 thru 30th

Tue, 04/10/2012 - 1:45pm -- FoodSNAP

The invitation below is from SNAP Coalition partner Lauren Arms Ledwith and her UMass colleagues, announcing four separate information sessions around Massachusetts starting April 23th through April 30th.  These sessions are designed for community groups to learn about the federal funds available to help with SNAP Outreach (application assistance) and SNAP employment and training (E&T) programs that serve SNAP recipients. 

Massachusetts Organizational Letter to Congress GROWS !! Sign on to Protect SNAP!

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 6:22pm -- FoodSNAP

Action Needed:  Sign and Circulate Massachusetts Sign-On Letter in Support of SNAP

Farm Bill deliberations are heating up and attacks on SNAP/Food Stamps are increasing – both in the form of structural changes and/or devastating cuts. It is crucial to demonstrate strong and diverse support for SNAP from the Massachusetts Delegation.

Mass bill filed to impose severe EBT (cash assistance) restrictions, impose photo ID - please oppose!

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 1:39pm -- FoodSNAP
Some of you may have been following the deliberations of the Massachusetts EBT Commission. We are saddened to report that some members of the Commission have rejected the Commission's report (which Commission found a number of proposed restrictions unnecessary, administratively burdensome and impractical, extremely costly to implement and/or illegal.

Organizational Sign-on letter to MA Delegation to protect SNAP; TY calls to MA Delegation!!

Fri, 03/30/2012 - 2:23pm -- FoodSNAP
As you likely read in today's press, House Republicans voted to slash critical safety-net programs including block-granting/cutting SNAP, Medicaid and more. However, the entire Massachusetts Congressional Delegation voted AGAINST the cuts!  Please call and thank them for the vote, and urge them keep fighting to protect essential low income programs. To find your Congressperson, go to:

Tell Your Rep: Vote NO Thursday on House Budget Cuts to SNAP, Medicaid, Housing and More

Wed, 03/28/2012 - 1:40pm -- FoodSNAP

Take NOTHING for granted. The Massachusetts Delegation needs to hear from all constituents about how irresponsible and outrageous the House Budget proposal is. It is ESSENTIAL that they hear from as many constituents as possible urging them to vote NO on Thursday (tomorrow), and also call or email again to THANK them after the vote. You can sent an email note, below, or call your Congress person's local or DC office directly.


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