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Getting SNAP restored for individuals age 18 to 50 - Did you know there is a second 3 month benefit?

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:50pm -- FoodSNAP

It's come to our attention that many individuals age 18 to 50 believe they can only get SNAP for a total of three months unless they meet the SNAP work requirements or are exempt. WRONG!  Many "able-bodied without dependents" or "ABAWDs" can qualify for a SECOND three month benefit if they meet one of the following:

  • Worked for 80 hours in a 30 day period during or since they lost their SNAP benefits

  • Found a community service (volunteer) activity at an approved site, for up to 17 hours - but are not meeting the work rules currently

Proposed MassHealth changes -comments due June 12

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:21pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

On May 12, MassHealth posted notice of its intent to ask CMS for 3 amendments to the 1115 waiver.  It will accept public comments until June 12.

The public notice, summary of the proposed amendments, and draft amendment request are posted here: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/masshealth/masshealth-and-health-care-reform.html

MLRI Analysis of FY18 Senate Ways and Means Budget: Common App language included! Amendments being filed on HIP, Food Trust and Family Cap.

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 4:06pm -- FoodSNAP

Attached is MLRI's analysis of the FY18 Senate Ways and Means Budget, selected sections of the budget impacting low income households in the areas of DTA benefits, housing, health care, child care etc. Call us if questions or corrections.

Massachusetts Rolls out Exciting Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) - Tools for community partners

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 2:35pm -- FoodSNAP

We are writing to send on some exciting materials we received from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) to distribute on the new Massachusetts Health Incentives Program or HIP! HIP is a terrific tool for SNAP outreach as well, especially among low benefit SNAP households who can earn $40, $60 or $80/month in HIP dollars.

Here's what you need to know:

SNAP Application Assistance "Next Steps" Flier; DTA Update re Standardized Local DTA office hours

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 2:50pm -- FoodSNAP

Greetings. We are shipping to you a revised flier for your SNAP application assistance, and DTA Central information on standardized local office business hours.

SNAP App "Next Steps" Flier:

A lot of SNAP outreach partners get questions all the time about "what happens after I file an application for SNAP?"  Attached is a revised document prepared by MLRI and Project Bread to give to households that you are helping with SNAP Applications. This describes the "Next Steps" they should expect after filing a SNAP application including 

Terrific Testimony at State House today on SNAP Gap/Common App Legislation; Powerful Kids First Initiative Blueprint Released Today !

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 11:45am -- FoodSNAP

Thanks to everyone who submitted written and oral testimony to the Health Care Financing Committee in support of Senate Bill 612 (identical to House Bill 101) to Close the SNAP Gap and create a common application for benefits!  Really strong testimony during the hearing, including the City of Boston, League of Women Voters, AARP, a Witness to Hunger, the Children's HealthWatch, Greater Boston Food Bank, EmPath, Mass Public Health Association and more.

First Annual MA School Breakfast Report Card Released; Healthy Start Awards tomorrow

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:06pm -- FoodSNAP

The Eos Foundation has just released a FANTASTIC School Breakfast Scorecard for Massachusetts, with the help of Children's HealthWatch and Department of Early and Secondary Education. The report includes detailed information in key high poverty districts. Hats off to Eos, CHW and DESE!

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