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Forwarded here is info about notice from Connector to 7000 people who have to pay first month's bill to begin coverage on Feb 1 that they will have until Feb 10 to pay for Feb due to Connector delay mailing out bill (payments usually due by Jan 23 for Feb 1)
1) Co-Sponsors Needed for SNAP Gap/Common App Legislation
Representative Jay Livingstone and Senator Sal DiDomenico are each filing the SNAP Gap/Common App legislation: An Act Improving Public Health through a Common Application for Core Food, Health and Safety-net Programs
What you need to know:
Please urge your local Representative to sign on to co-sponsor Rep Livingstone's bill, House Docket #655, and Senator DiDomenico's Bill, Senate Docket #247. Attached is the fact sheet with Docket numbers.
The new Trump Administration officially takes office on Friday, January 20th. Please take a moment to read and sign onto the organizational sign on letter (see links below) from National Anti-Hunger Organizations. This letter is for local and state organizations too!! We need a STRONG showing of support from Massachusetts organizations to the Administration and incoming Congress.
Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting - Tuesday, January 24th from 10 to Noon, St Francis House, Boston
Reminder regarding verifications: RSDI/SSI and self declarations for SNAP
We continue to hear from community partners about verification issues. Verifications are one of the biggest access barriers for our clients. It is very hard for our clients to get and maintain their benefits if DTA aks for documents that are not relevant or that have been previously submitted. Excessive and unnecessary verification requests also make a lot more work for DTA.
Two areas where we see a lot of issues:
Please let your local schools know of this grant award.
$500 can be critical for schools to buy some of the equipment (coolers and hotpacks on wheels and other materials and supplies) local schools use to deliver breakfast in the classroom. Federal USDA funding pays for the costs of the breakfast itself. This is a terrific opportunity for local schools.
SNAP Gap/Common App Legislation needs House and Senate Co-Sponsors - ASAP!
MLRI, the Mass Public Health Association and Members of the MA SNAP Coalition are working with Representative Jay Livingstone and Senator Sal DiDomenico on 2017 Legislation
An Act Improving Public Health through a Common Application for Core Food, Health and Safety-net Programs. The bill has two goals:
Requires DTA and EOHHS to allow MassHealth applicants and recipients to apply for SNAP at the same time as a MassHealth application or renewal.
MBTA T-Pass for Low-income Boston Area Youth, including individuals receiving SNAP!
We have some really important events coming up to flag for you:
Massachusetts Coalition on Elder Economic Security (CEES) - Kick off Meeting at AARP on January 13th
You are invited to join a growing Coalition of Massachusetts organizations on Friday, January 13th at 10:30am for an important meeting to discuss the formation of a new Coalition for Elder Economic Security.
Why? Massachusetts is falling behind and seniors are paying the price.
We are writing to share with you important resources for your ongoing SNAP advocacy work.
Recent SNAP case data by ZIP/city and town:
In it's ongoing effort to be transparent and provide the public with important information, in December DTA uploaded to its website an excel data file with the most recent SNAP and cash assistance caseload data by zip code and city/town. We know this data is also important for your local advocacy work in assessing need in your area as well as looking at the "SNAP Gap" in your local communities.