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Blog Archive for November 2020

Boston Globe/food insecurity spiking, P-EBT update, Public Charge reminder

Here’s hoping you had a restful and safe Thanksgiving Break.  We are sharing some follow up items from last week’s SNAP Coalition meeting and some breaking news.

1.       Boston sees spike in food insecurity and SNAP demand:  

SNAP Coalition Meeting tomorrow; 93 orgs on Biden/Harris sign on letter; SNAP updates and MORE !

We hope you are all staying healthy and planning a COVID-safe Thanksgiving gathering. We really want you to stick around, be healthy and keep in the fight!  

Budget Updates; Next HCWG Meeting; AGO Health Equity Report


Hello all- a few quick updates: 

Join 66 MA Orgs! Recommendations to the Biden/Harris Transition Team-deadline COB today!

Join 66 MA orgs - anti-hunger recommendations to the Biden/Harris Transition Team! Sign on by COB 11/20 (Friday) 
Deadline to sign on extended until 5 PM TODAY (Friday 10/20)! 

Budget ALERT: Ask the MA Budget Conference Committee to adopt the Senate SNAP Gap language and the House Cash Grants Boost!

Thank you all again for your hard work on the SNAP Gap campaign and the VICTORY in the Senate on Wednesday (39-0 unanimous vote - YES!).  Please THANK Senator Sal DiDomenico, Senator Bruce Tarr, Senate President Karen Spilka and Ways and Means Chair Michael Rodriques.  This is HUGE!  The Senate completed its FY 21 budget last night (Wed eve @10:30 PM).  

It’s time to weigh in with the Budget Conference Committee.  

2 key SNAP Action Alerts for TODAY (Thurs 11/19)!

2 important action alerts for TODAY! (Thurs 11/19)
1. Sign on to letter to the MA delegation for Biden/Harris Transition Team by NOON Friday 11/20!  

sign on to Transition letter by NOON Fri 11/20, SNAP gap alert & retro to ABAWDs

Please read and act on this eblast to sign on to the Transition letter by NOON on Friday!
Letter from the MA anti-hunger community to the MA delegation for Biden/Harris Transition Team 

ACTION ALERT- Contact your state senator about Amendments 216 and 218 to the Senate Ways and Means Budget

See the action alert from Health Care for All, below, asking you to contact your state senator to ask for their support for Amendment #216, which would restore the MassHealth adult dental program and add coverage for root canals and crowns. 
Please also ask your state senator to support Amendment #218, sponsored by Senator Comerford, which would provide temporary relief from Medicaid estate recovery for surviving family members based on the practical difficulties created for them by the COVID-19 emergency. 

DTA data, SNAP PPT, Advisory Boards & TAFDC training

A few resources and updates below before the weekend - stay tuned next week for a sign on letter from the anti-hunger community to the MA delegation for the Biden/Harris transition team!
DTA SNAP Application, Phone Line, & Processing Data During COVID

US Supreme Court hears latest challenge to ACA tomorrow

One week to the day after the national election, the US Supreme Court will hear the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act on Nov 10.  
Here are a few links that provide an overview of what the case is all about & the possible outcomes, what's at stake in Massachusetts & where to listen to the argument tomorrow at 11

California v Texas –US Supreme Court hears oral argument on challenge to legality of the Affordable Care Act Nov 10