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Blog Archive for April 2015

The SNAP crisis in Massachusetts continues but maybe the tide is turning... .

Are you hearing from low-income seniors and persons with disabilities that their SNAP benefit amount is suddenly lower?

MassHealth & Connector staff will be available in downtown Boston to provide in person assistance to people who need to reapply to renew their MassHealth coverage. See the attached flyer. 
When: April 15, 2015 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: 600 Washington St. Boston, MA 02111
The Massachusetts SNAP Caseload is continuing it's stunning decline with another 7,000 SNAP cases (households) closed in January of 2015.*  MLRI and members of the SNAP Coalition including the Food Bank of Western Mass, Greater Boston Food Bank, The Open Door on Cape Ann have developed an initial set of recommendations to STOP THE DROP!  The recommendations to the Baker Administration include:
  • End DTA'€™s use of flawed data matches

SNAP Crisis in the news:

We are sending on more SNAP news from the past 10 days that highlights the growing crisis in Massachusetts including three opinion pieces by Andrew MoreHouse of the Food Bank of Western Mass and a Channel 5 news story. Please consider writing a letter to the editor or opinion piece in your local newspaper too !!

You are invited !!!

SNAP Triage 101: How to Troubleshoot and Fix Erroneously Rejected SNAP Cases

Massachusetts SNAP (food stamp) caseload is declining at a rate 8 times the national average, but food pantry demand is spiking. Something is very wrong with this picture - and you can help rectify it.

MassHealth revised and updated its Desk Chart for income calculations by rounding up to the next whole dollar. This caused us to revise once again our MLRI MassHealth Income Chart.  Please excuse the confusion. Use the April 7yh edition attached here and posted at /content/masshealth-income-guidelines