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Health Updates Oct 15, 2021

 

  1. Immigrant Health
  2. MassHealth Policies during COVID
  3. Health Connector Open Enrollment for 2022
  4. Basic Benefit Training for Oct & Nov 

 

Immigrant Health

Coming Nov 1, 2021 –Expanded scope of long term care coverage for lawfully present and PRUCOL elderly and disabled immigrants!!  Stay tuned -more to come when new guidance is published soon

Our next Health Care Working Group meeting is Wednesday (Oct 13) from 3-4:30pm. I will separately send a calendar invite with zoom information today. 
 
This meeting will be an open forum on your problematic health access cases, and issues you're encountering. We hope that as a group we can share/ brainstorm successful strategies for resolving each other's issues. 
 
 
We have a special Coalition meeting on Tuesday 10/12 from 10-11:30. The agenda will include:
 

Addressing college campus hunger is on the move!  We have a couple of important updates for you from the State House and from the MA Dept of Higher Education.

State House Hearing on Hunger Free Campus Legislation:

Thanks to our friends at Project Bread, here's an action alert on two important anti-hunger bills being heard in two Committees tomorrow:
A few updates below. Our next Coalition meeting will be next Tuesday, October 12 from 10-11:30 - Zoom link below. As a "second Tuesday" meeting, we will have two guests to share information and answer questions:
 

Starting October 1, SNAP households will see an increase in their monthly benefits due to USDA’s revision of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP), and at the same time, the 15% SNAP boost will expire. USDA has also updated some of the income deductions in the SNAP math through a "cost of living adjustment" (COLA), also effective Oct 1st.  

 

 

Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 28th from 10-11:30 for the regular SNAP Coalition meeting. We will have a robust agenda, including updates from DTA on the increased SNAP benefits (beginning October 1!) and other updates. 

FRAC Sign on letter Child Nutrition (deadline 9/27) & Project Bread Action Alert to MOCs