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Blog Archive for October 2013

THANK YOU Governor Patrick, Senators Warren and Markey, and the Massachusetts House Delegation (and thank you Red Sox too) !!  
If you work with seniors and/or persons with disabilities, this training is for you!  The Disability Law Center will be training folks on the SSI and SSDI Basics at Mass Continuing Legal Education in Boston - Tuesday, November 5th from 9:15 AM to 4 PM   
The House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders will host their first public meeting for the 2013 Farm Bill Conference Committee tomorrow - Wednesday, October 30 at 1:00 pm.
In the next few days, over 470,000 Massachusetts SNAP recipients will start receiving DTA notices telling them about the cut to their SNAP benefits due to the end of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act boost in benefits. Over the last few days we've been working with Bright Screen Productions to create a short video to explain the changes to Massachusetts SNAP recipients (Spanish-language coming very soon). 
There is still time to register for the next session in the MLRI/MCLE Basic Benefits series: Income Maximization for the Working Poor.  The session will be held this Monday, October 28 from 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at MCLE, 10 Winter Place, Boston (near Downtown Crossing)
This session is an overview focusing on various supplemental benefits and assistance

The following is updated information for community groups who assist with SNAP applications through the Boston Web Unit. Some of these materials may be useful for Web applications in Western and Central Mass. We will update them as we get the correct phone and fax numbers.  

Attached is a flyer for the November 20th BBT session on Health Access Programs.  The session will focus on changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, as well as changes in the program for dually eligible (Medicaid and Medicare eligible) persons with disabilities, known as One Care.
Because of the scope of changes brought about by the ACA, this training is suitable for both experienced and new advocates.
As we get closer to November 1st, it is critical we try to alert SNAP recipients about the loss in benefits, ways to maximize deductions and other food resources.  It is also important SNAP are encouraged to voice their concerns about the SNAP cuts and any additional cuts with Congress!  To send an email directly to Congress, encourage your clients to go to: