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MA Congressman Jim McGovern Leads Democrats Calling on GOP to Stop Cuts to Anti-Hunger Programs; Additional SNAP Defense Data/Resources

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 8:31am -- FoodSNAP

Important message from the Office of Congressman Jim McGovern, hot off the press! Rep. McGovern led a letter to the House Budget Committee signed by 18 Democrats on the Agriculture Committee in support of protecting the structure and funding of SNAP. According to his DC staff, the letter was submitted as an "additional view" to the Budget Views and Estimates letter approved by the Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.

Proposed Adult Foster Care & PCA Rule Changes

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:41am -- Health-Law-Anno...

On Feb 24, MassHealth released two notices of proposed changes to two different LTSS services: Adult Foster Care & Personal Care Attendant Services. Each is scheduled for a public hearing at U Mass in Worcester on different days. The AFC public hearing is March 17. The PCA public hearing is March 20.

The notices of public hearing (including a high level summary of the changes), the proposed rules (the pdf is a redline version showing the changes) and a link to sign up to testify are posted on the MassHealth Proposed Regulation website here:

New MassHealth Income Guidelines Effective March 1st

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:46am -- Health-Law-Anno...

Attached are two charts.

  1. The MLRI MassHealth Income Chart.  This chart factors in the 5% MAGI income deduction to the various poverty levels.
  2. The MassHealth Desk Guide.  The MassHealth version of the income chart without the 5% MAGI numbers factored in

The charts can also be found in the Health Law section of the Mass Legal Services library,

Upcoming Events: SNAP 101 Rescheduled Training; Elder Lobby Day; Boston SNAP Coalition meeting agenda

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 10:41am -- FoodSNAP

Greetings before a long weekend! Rest up for the battles ahead.  Here's some upcoming events that you may be interested in attending.

1. Upcoming Trainings - Health Care, SNAP and CORI process:

  • The SNAP 101 Training  is now RESCHEDULED to March 14th from 1:15 to 4 PM (rescheduled due to the snow day). 

  • The CORI Basics Training is March 14th in the AM (so, make a day of it and do CORI in AM, SNAP in PM!)

  • The Health Care Access Training is Tuesday, February 28th.

Local School District Grant Opportunity – Up to $10,000/school to launch After the Bell, Breakfast in the Classroom for Massachusetts Schools

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:12pm -- FoodSNAP

Below is an announcement on funding for local school districts in high poverty areas.  Please circulate to your local school districts.  

See also contacts in Taunton, Chicopee and Salem who can advise your local schools as well.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Andrea Silbert <>
Date: Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 5:02 PM
Subject: Grant Opportunity: Up to $10,000/school to launch After the Bell, Breakfast in the Classroom

McGovern Responds to GOP Report on SNAP; Great SNAP Data and Chart Book; SNAP 101 Trainings and MORE !

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 11:01am -- FoodSNAP

Happy Day after Valentines Day!  We still love you and all the work you do to protect and defend SNAP! Keep it up! Here's some important updates.

1. SNAP Coalition Meeting and SNAP 101 Training updates:

  • The NEXT Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, February 28th in Boston (10-Noon) at St Francis House. An agenda will go out soon, which includes an update on the SNAP Gap campaign!

Monday Weather - Delayed Opening for DTA local offices

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:11am -- FoodSNAP

See email below from DTA Central re late opening for both local DTA offices and DTA Assistance Line (which has an audio greeting rre same).

And remember - SNAP Households may also be eligible for SNAP replacement benefits if they lost food as a result of power outages due to this week's or last week's storm.

Information and DTA forms to request replacement can be found here:


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