Massachusetts SNAP Closures Letter

Children’s HealthWatch submitted a letter to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack to request their help in protecting the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens: its children. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a vital nutritional resource for our patients at Boston Medical Center and their families. We are deeply concerned, however, with the changes the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) hastily implemented in 2014 that have resulted in erroneous case closures and erroneous application denials of critical federal nutrition benefits.