Since 2014, the Massachusetts SNAP (food stamps) participation rate has declined at 8 times the national average, costing families and retailers $9.5 million per month in federal dollars. This decline is largely the result of unfiltered, erroneous data matching by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), extreme verification demands, and automatic case closing without review. For many families and individuals, SNAP benefits prevent hunger and make affording healthy food possible. During the Fiscal Year 16 House budget debate, Representative Decker submitted an amendment MPHA supported that would bar DTA from denying or terminating benefits without proper justification. It would also require DTA to offer households the option of authorizing DTA to obtain documents relevant to eligibility from third parties such as employers.
For more information please review:
SNAP Crisis in Massachusetts by the Mass Law Reform Institute
End SNAP Crisis in Massachusetts by the Mass Law Reform Institute
MA SNAP Crisis: Advocacy Tools to Fix SNAP Cases, Sample Letter to Governor and USDA by the Mass Law Reform Institute
Antifraud effort on food stamps hurts poor, advocates say, Boston Globe