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Blog Archive for February 2017

February's SNAP Coalition Meeting in Boston is TOMORROW, Feb 28th, from 10 to Noon at St Francis House.  The AGENDA will include:

Attached are two charts.

  1. The MLRI MassHealth Income Chart.  This chart factors in the 5% MAGI income deduction to the various poverty levels.
  2. The MassHealth Desk Guide.  The MassHealth version of the income chart without the 5% MAGI numbers factored in

The charts can also be found in the Health Law section of the Mass Legal Services library, http://www.masslegalservices.org/content/masshealth-income-guidelines-effective-march-1-2017

Here's some upcoming events that you may be interested in attending.

1. Upcoming Trainings - Health Care, SNAP and CORI process:

  • The SNAP 101 Training  is now RESCHEDULED to March 14th from 1:15 to 4 PM (rescheduled due to the snow day). 

  • The CORI Basics Training is March 14th in the AM (so, make a day of it and do CORI in AM, SNAP in PM!)

  • The Health Care Access Training is Tuesday, February 28th.

Mass Legal Answers Online

See email below from MLRI Mass Websites Project. We are very excited to share this new way for your clients to get free legal advice.

Below is an announcement on funding for local school districts in high poverty areas.  Please circulate to your local school districts.  

See also contacts in Taunton, Chicopee and Salem who can advise your local schools as well.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Andrea Silbert <rfp@eosfoundation.org>
Date: Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 5:02 PM
Subject: Grant Opportunity: Up to $10,000/school to launch After the Bell, Breakfast in the Classroom
 

Here's some important updates.

1. SNAP Coalition Meeting and SNAP 101 Training updates:

  • The NEXT Boston SNAP Coalition Meeting is Tuesday, February 28th in Boston (10-Noon) at St Francis House. An agenda will go out soon, which includes an update on the SNAP Gap campaign!

See email below from DTA Central re late opening for both local DTA offices and DTA Assistance Line (which has an audio greeting re same).

And remember - SNAP Households may also be eligible for SNAP replacement benefits if they lost food as a result of power outages due to this week's or last week's storm.

Information and DTA forms to request replacement can be found here:

We want to remind you that SNAP households who suffered loss of power triggering loss of food (refrigeration etc) may be eligible for SNAP replacement benefits for the value of food lost that was purchased with SNAP. 

According area news, Winter Storm Niko caused 4,000 power outages in Eastern and Southern MA - some lasting many hours. http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/02/more_than_4000_without_power_d.html 

MLRI was recently contacted by a SNAP recipient from Central Massachusetts hassled at the check out line at a local Honey Farms and denied a food purchase. Honey Farms is chain of convenience stores predominantly in Central MA.

Increase in 200% Federal Poverty Level gives small boost to SNAP gross income test 

The federal Department of Health and Human Services recently announced an increase in the federal poverty level (FPL), effective 1/31/17. For SNAP purposes, this only impacts the 200% FPL gross income test. The 130% FPL, 100% FPL and maximum SNAP benefit levels have NOT changed (these are adjusted October 1st).