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Back to school: Direct Certification for Free School Meals and Survey re School Meal Debt

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 2:41pm -- FoodSNAP

We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you how the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) "Direct Certification" process works for students to automatically get free school meals, give you an updated list of the schools that can give universal free school meals to all, AND ask you to keep track of families who may be confronted with unpaid school meal debt.

Direct Certification for Free School Meals:

Students should automatically qualify for free school meals - without having to file a paper application for meals if - any of the following apply:

Contracts signed with 17 ACOs for March 2018 Roll-Out

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 4:37pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Press Release here:

The following is the full list of approved MassHealth ACOs:

  • Atrius Health with Tufts Health Public Plans

  • Baystate Health Care Alliance with Health New England

Comment deadline Aug 21 & Chicopee Listening session Aug 16

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 2:00pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

The Governor & EOHHS remain intent on restricting eligibility and benefits in MassHealth despite the legislature's refusal to add the necessary authorizing legislation to the FY 2018 budget. We expect more legislative activity in September. Meanwhile, EOHHS has released for public comment proposed amendments to the current 1115 demonstration waiver.

MassHealth Social Services Integration Working Group -apply by Aug 4 at noon

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:26pm -- Health-Law-Anno...
MassHealth is seeking nominees to serve on a working group to address how newly formed ACOs can best address social determinants of health through social services integration and by using flexible funds available for this purpose. ACOs are expected to be enrolling members for coverage beginning March 2018.

Save the dates: 2017-2018 Basic Public Benefits Training Series

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:11am -- FoodSNAP

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) present a series of trainings every year for legal, social, health services, and community advocates who assist low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Each session includes substantive materials and is led by expert advocates from legal services programs throughout the state.  The 2017-2018 series covers 11 different topics (see below). Also attached is a PDF of the training events.

The SNAP 101 training will be held on January 25, 2018 from 9:30 - 12:15.

The ACA lives on! & meanwhile back on Beacon Hill...

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:11pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

In the wee hours this morning, the US Senate failed to muster 51 votes to repeal the ACA!! 

Big thanks to Sen. Collins, Murkowski & McCain for voting against the "skinny" repeal that even the people voting for it did not want to become law. 

And here in Massachusetts, thanks to Gov Baker for joining the  letter from Governors of both parties to the Senate urging a no vote on the "skinny" repeal, to Sen. Markey and Sen. Warren and to everyone who marched, rallied, and called to protect coverage for tens of millions of people across the US as well as here at home.

In Memoriam - Lauren Arms Ledwith, our Massachusetts anti-hunger troubadour

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 2:51pm -- FoodSNAP

Over the past few weeks we have tried to reach as many of you directly - to share very sad news about the passing of our beloved Lauren Arms Ledwith, former DTA SNAP Director and anti-hunger troubadour. We know many of you were able to attend the wake and/or funeral service, and her family was clearly very touched by the outpouring of support.  With apologies for a group e-blast, we just want to make sure we've reached everyone within the SNAP Coalition in Massachusetts and beyond. 

Oversight hearing on MassHealth cuts tomorrow!

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 11:01am -- Health-Law-Anno...

Things are moving quickly on Beacon Hill.  We just learned last Friday about an oversight hearing tomorrow July 25 on the FY 18 budget and the Governor's proposed MassHealth cuts.


A fact sheet with more info about the cuts is attached.

To recap (a plot only slightly less intricate than Game of Thrones): 

SNAP Coalition Meeting 7/25 Agenda; Research on SNAP and Elders; DTA Guidance on Self-Declarations

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:05am -- FoodSNAP

Greetings on this sweltering day in Massachusetts... 94 degrees. Seriously?

July 25th SNAP Coalition Meeting:

The next (and last for the summer) Meeting is Tuesday, July 25th  from 10 to Noon at St Francis House in Boston, 39 Boylston Street Boston.  The AGENDA will include:


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