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The next Food SNAP Coalition meeting is Tuesday, January 25th from 10 to Noon. The Coalition meeting will be held at ABCD on 178 Tremont Street, 3rd Floor (this is a change from our usual location). ABCD is right across the street from the Boylston Street T stop (green line) and right around the corner from the Chinatown T stop (orange line).

USDA Regional is currently undertaking evaluation of DTA case handling practices in various local offices. This is called a "Program Access Review" and is done periodically by FNS to look at how well a state serves low income clients. I have been in contact with a number of Coalition members but am also casting the net to all.

As 2011 gears up, there are a number of newsworthy items to keep track of:

GOOD NEWS !!! Congrats to DTA and all the members of the Food SNAP Coalition!

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From: Song, Paulette (EHS)
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 2:44 PM
To: Song, Paulette (EHS)
Subject: MASSACHUSETTS RANKS IN NATION'S TOP TEN FOR SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) PARTICIPATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 5, 2011

CONTACT: Paulette Song, 617-573-1610; paulette.song@state.ma.us

1. Bridge funded through June 2011.

Attached is a copy of a member notice that MassHealth sent out in December. It corrects information in an earlier May notice about the limitation in MassHealth payment for inpatient hospital days to 20 days. It makes clear that MassHealth-eligible patients hospitalized for longer than 20 days will NOT be liable for the additional hospital days due to the 20-day payment limit.

Listed below are 4 updates on national health reform litigation & small employer tax credits; a fair hearing decision regarding newish MassHealth "program integrity" policies to identify non-residents, and the change in state law limiting the dates when certain individuals can buy individual insurance on their own.

Dear Food SNAP Coalition Members:

As many of you know, the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill passed successfully and was signed by the President yesterday. FRAC is hosting a series of webinars for anti-hunger advocates to learn about the changes in the CNR and we can do in Massachusetts and around the country to maximize participation. Below is the annoucement and webinar registration information (this is a FREE webinar).

Pat

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is hosting the FY2012 budget hearing on Monday, December 13th in Boston (and a second hearing in Western Mass, TBA).

The following email is from the Food Research Action Center or FRAC:  frac.org