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Thanks to those of you able to join the Health Care Working Group meeting yesterday & special thanks to our presenters: Abigail Kim from ABH, Jen Honig & Danna Mauch from MAMH, Suzanne Curry from HCFA & Sarah Yousuf from MHLAC.

Attached are links to some of the materials with more information on behavioral health developments

Background on the EOHHS  Behavioral Health Roadmap –

A couple of reminders on the skimming situation below, and a new video from the City of Boston to circulate! Please let me - vnegus@mlri.org - know what you are seeing and hearing in your communities on this - and if you are working with anyone who had their SNAP stolen through skimming. 
 
Special Coalition meeting this Thursday, 8/25 from 10-11 AM
 
PLEASE SHARE ASAP with retailers in Eastern MA: English/Spanish flier for retailers on how to re-PIN
 
Please tune in to a special Coalition meeting next Thursday, 8/25 - especially if you work with communities in Eastern Massachusetts (see map below). 
 
SNAP stolen by skimming - next steps, and special Coalition meeting on Thurs 8/25 @ 10
 

An organized “criminal ring” is stealing SNAP and DTA cash benefits by making essentially a duplicate EBT card. This issue has escalated to a point where DTA needs to take drastic action to protect benefits. 

 

Important health provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) signed into law on Aug 16, 2022:

·        IRA extends the more generous premium tax subsidies originally enacted by ARPA for 2021 and 2022 for another three years. This will protect people on ConnectorCare with income of 300% FPL or less and those with higher incomes from seeing a significant rise in their insurance costs in 2023. It will also ease the transition for people moving from MassHealth to the Health Connector after the Public Health Emergency ends.

We have some exciting and positive news to share on multiple levels:

~120,000 MA households asked to re-PIN EBT cards to protect against stolen SNAP benefits

 
We are sending a brief email today to share a very exciting VICTORY!! We hope you all are staying cool.
Happy Friday
Today we're passing along news from--
 

Governor signs FY 2023 Budget on July 28, 2022

·         Increase in Medicare Saving Programs upper income limit to 225% of the poverty level