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Today's (8/29) White House Conference Listening Session for Persons with Lived Expertise - new Zoom registration link:

Please see the WH communication below and share this new link directly with community members with lived experience, asking them to register/re-register if possible.  We learned Friday afternoon that there were some capacity issues with the old zoom.  Below is the new invite to send out to the people with lived experience:

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 - - 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·        IRA extends the more generous premium tax subsidies originally enacted by ARPA for 2021 and 2022 for another three years.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