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COVID-19 3/19: Federal legislation and DTA info

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 2:16pm -- FoodSNAP

Below is an update on the federal bill signed last night.  We do not have details yet on the Baker Administration’s plans for implementation but just want to give you the highlights.  We are also sharing some of the steps being taken by DTA and the Legislature.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act H.R. 6201 signed - important SNAP/federal nutrition elements!

Information about COVID-19 from MassHealth and the Health Connector

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 5:11pm -- Health-Law-Anno...
Latest update from MassHealth. Clarifies that testing & treatment of COVID-19 are covered under emergency Medicaid (MassHealth Limited). HSN will also cover when testing/treatment provided by hospitals or CHCs. And alerts assisters to USCIS announcement that COVID-19 testing & treatment will not be considered for public charge purposes.

COVID-19 3/17 PM- DTA processing cases starting 3/18, no in person service. + agenda for Wed AM Coalition call

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 7:31pm -- FoodSNAP
DTA open starting 3/18 - No in person services 
DTA has shared the below update with stakeholders. They are open and will be processing applications and cases under normal procedures/protocols - but there will be no in person services. We don't yet have confirmation of the best way for families should apply for cash assistance - please let us know if you work with families who have trouble applying for cash assistance (TAFDC or EAEDC). 


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