Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Formerly Food Stamps

SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps)

You can use food stamp benefits for meals at the
Torigian Community Life Center.

Seniors living on a fixed income may be eligible for SNAP benefits. The FoodSource Hotline can help with applications on the telephone. They also assists current SNAP recipients with questions regarding their cases as well as referrals for local emergency food resources.
The Food/Source Hotline is open
Monday–Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM and
Saturday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM.
The Food/Source Hotline phone number is 1-800-645-8333.

Help is Available to Beat the High Cost of Food
If you are a low-income senior (age 60 or over), you may now qualify for food assistance through the SNAP Program, even if you own a home or a car or have savings. Thanks to new changes to the SNAP program, there is no asset limit for seniors whose incomes fall within certain guidelines (income from those assets may be counted); and other program improvements have increased benefits for thousands of households. (Seniors whose incomes fall above the guidelines may still be eligible, but their assets will be considered.)

New Asset Rules for Senior/Disabled Households
Household Size      Monthly Gross Income           Assets
     1                             Below $1,734                  No Asset Limit
     2                             Below $2,334                  No Asset Limit
SNAP eligibility is based on income and certain expenses. To find out if you are eligible, call Project Bread’s Hotline at

Monday—Friday 8:00 AM–7:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM–2 PM.

The SNAP program is a nutrition assistance program designed to help individuals and families buy nutritious food when money’s tight.
  • Keep elderly family members independent. For the elderly, participation can help improve nutritional status and well-being and increase independence. Nine percent of participants are age 60 or older.
  • By receiving SNAP benefits you are not taking benefits away from another person. Everyone who applies and is determined to be eligible by the State/local eligibility worker will get SNAP benefits.
  • While some receive $10.00, the average monthly food stamp benefit is about $86.00.
  • In June 2004, the food stamp program completed a transformation from paper coupons to an electronic Benefit Card (EBT Card). Participants receive a plastic EBT card (similar to a bank debit card) with the dollar amount for which they are eligible each month.
The SNAP program generates economic activity.
  • Every $4.00 in new SNAP benefits generates $9.20 in total community spending.
  • Every additional dollars worth of SNAP benefits generates 17 to 47 cents of new spending on food.
  • On average, $1 billion of retail food demand by SNAP recipients generates 3,300 farm jobs.

Call your local office to apply at 978-825-7300.

If you need assistance to apply, please call Sheila and Maryanne at 978-531-2254.
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Fill-able Print-able SNAP Application

Complete and print a fill-able application provided here. Please note, the Adobe Acrobat Reader only allows you to view and print fill-able PDF forms. It does not allow you to save the completed form to your computer. Once you complete the application, make sure you print it, sign it, and mail to: DTA P.O. Box 4406 Taunton, MA 02780-0420.
  • SNAP Benefits Application (English) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-eng.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-eng.doc
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Spanish) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-sp.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-sp.doc
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Portuguese) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-por.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-por.doc      
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Khmer) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Khmer  docx format of SNAPA-1 Khmer
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Vietnamese) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Vietnamese  docx format of SNAPA-1 Vietnamese
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Haitian Creole) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Haitian Creole  docx format of SNAPA-1 Haitian Creole
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Russian) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Russian  docx format of SNAPA-1 Russian
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Chinese) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Chinese  docx format of SNAPA-1 Chinese 
  • SNAP Application for Seniors 
To help us determine your eligibility for SNAP benefits, you may be asked to provide proofs (verifications) of certain statements you have made.  You may submit those proofs (verifications) by mailing or faxing them to DTA. Here is the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) Electronic Document Management (EDM) Mail/Fax Cover Sheet: (DTA EDM Mail/Fax Cover Sheet - ENGLISH) pdf format of DTA EDM Mail-Fax Cover Sheet - English
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON)

CMS Releases Updated Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its updated version of the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON).  The MOON is a standardized notice to inform beneficiaries (including Medicare health plan enrollees) that they are an outpatient receiving observation services and are not an inpatient of the hospital or (CAH).
The MOON is mandated by the Federal Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act), passed on August 6, 2015.  The NOTICE Act requires hospitals and CAHs to provide notification to individuals receiving observation services as outpatients for more than 24 hours explaining the status of the individual as an outpatient, not an inpatient, and the implications of such status.
  • Hospitals and CAHs are required to furnish the MOON to a Medicare beneficiary who has been receiving observation services as an outpatient for more than 24 hours. Under the final rule, hospitals and CAHs may deliver the MOON to individuals receiving observation services as an outpatient before such individuals have received more than 24 hours of observation services.  The notice must be provided no later than 36 hours after observation services are initiated or, if sooner, upon release.
  • An oral explanation of the MOON must be provided, ideally in conjunction with the delivery of the notice, and a signature must be obtained from the individual, or a person acting on such individual’s behalf, to acknowledge receipt.  In cases where such individual or person refuses to sign the MOON, the staff member of the hospital or CAH providing the notice must sign the notice to certify that notification was presented.
The MOON will inform more than one million beneficiaries annually of the reason(s) they are an outpatient receiving observation services and the implications of such status with regard to Medicare cost sharing and coverage for post-hospitalization skilled nursing facility (SNF) services.
Hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) are required to provide the MOON beginning no later than March 8, 2017.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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