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1. FY 24 Budget Update

Last week the House Ways & Means Committee released its budget.   

This is MLRI's Preliminary Analysis of the HWM Budget

The eblast below was shipped out to the DTA Advisory Board members on Friday at 3 PM (but we know 99% of you were likely taking a long weekend and/or off to the beach!). The DTA email below highlights the state-funded SNAP benefits as one of Governor Healey's first 100 Days in office. This is in addition to funding to extend universal school meals, funds to replace skimmed (thefted) SNAP benefits.

SNAP application interviews now required again for all applicants 


As of last Friday, April 7, all SNAP applicants must have an interview with DTA for their application to continue. An interview is a conversation with a DTA case manager to talk through the SNAP application, share the program rules, clear up missing or confusing information, and more. 


2023 Plan Assignments Take Effect on April 1, 2023 –MassHealth extends Customer Service hours this weekend

An estimated 40% of 1.2 million MassHealth members in mandatory managed care may have new plans on April 1. MassHealth has extended its hours of operation to handle any problems filling prescriptions over the weekend related to plan changes. The Customer Service Center (800-841-2900)  will be open Sat April 1 from 8 am to 4 pm and Sunday April 2 from 8 am to 1 pm.

Hot off the press, DTA will be issuing the state funded SNAP benefits a week from today, Friday April 7th.  The eblast below is to the DTA Advisory Board members. 
HUGE thanks to Governor Healey, the MA House and Senate for authorizing these benefits, and to DTA for getting these extra SNAP benefits out to SNAP households so quickly. 

Thank you for joining a robust Coalition meeting and discussion on Tuesday! Our next Coalition meeting is on Tuesday, April 25 from 10-11:30.  And thanks to everyone who attended Immigrants Day at the State House yesterday. It was FANTASTIC! Please join us on April 5th for the annual Immigrants/Benefits Training (see below).  

1.      MassHealth Webinar Tomorrow Thursday March 30, 2023 2-4 pm: Part 3: MassHealth for Seniors and Individuals Seeking Long-Term Care Services Renewals. Register Here