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Blog Archive for August 2016

DTA Connect Mobile App is here!

DTA Connect--DTA's mobile app--is available for download starting TODAY! (Monday August 29th). We are excited about DTA Connect and think it will be a great way to quickly get a lot of case information.

We wanted to share a couple pieces of recent information we learned this week DTA that may have an impact on your clients.

For those of you who work with SNAP recipients in the Concord area, we wanted to remind you that SNAP households who lost power for more than four hours and lost food as a result of lost refrigeration/freezer capacity (e.g. had to throw out spoiled food), may be eligible for SNAP replacement benefits. Here's MLRI's webpage on SNAP misfortune replacement benefits.

A lot has been going on this summer

See earlier health announcements for good news on changes in MassHealth MCO standards for approving drugs that can cure Hepatitis C (effective August 1) and a new state law mandating MassHealth (and insurance) coverage for lipodistrophya side effect of early HIV treatments (effective November 1).

And now for more news not all of it good.

Treatment for Lipodystrophy: It's Now the Law!

(information from GLAD)

The attached file is the revised MLRI MassHealth Income Chart, reflecting changes in the Health Safety Net that went into effect on June 1st.

Change to DTA Interview Calls

DTA is making a change to how interview calls are made in SNAP cases. This change is scheduled to happen this Thursday, August 11

Clients applying for SNAP are required to have an interview. Clients doing a recertification are also required to have an interview -- unless everyone in the household is over 60 or disabled. Clients doing an interim report should not have an interview unless something in the interim report is questionable. 

Below is a message from DTA regarding a letter erroneously mailed to DTA clients by Columbia Gas. Columbia Gas and DTA are taking steps to inform the clients sent this erroneous letter, but please reach out if you have clients who contact you with issues or questions. 

Attached is a copy of the letter sent.

From: Mangini, Brittany (DTA)
Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2016 10:24 AM
Subject: Utilities Discount letter mailed in error to DTA clients by Columbia Gas
Importance: High

Dear SNAP Outreach Providers,