During this past summer, you may have heard about Congress extending Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentages (FMAP) and as a result roughly $600 million was given to Massachusetts. Now, it appears the House is trying to spend this money through a “supplemental budget.” Currently, it includes $22 million for the Emergency Assistance family shelter program, which is projected to be $38 million in deficit. In addition, although not related to spending, the supplemental also includes language stating that the Administration must give the Legislature 90 days advanced notice before making changes to the EA program and the Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children program (TAFDC). For instance, if DHCD proposed eligibility changes to EA, this would give us enough time to understand them; develop an appropriate response; and possibly formulate other options.
Unfortunately, the supplemental budget did not include any funding increases for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP) and the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT). We had originally thought that this may be a possibility.
Call your Representatives at the State House and say: “Please pass the supplemental budget and include $22 million for EA and language that the Administration must give a 90 day notice before any changes are made to EA and TAFDC.” To view the supplemental budget click here.
To find your Rep go to www.wheredoivotema.com and look for your “Rep in General Court”