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Published on Mar 30, 2023 by Michelle Berney
Significant changes for how retirees of NYC government and eligible dependents age 65 and older receive their health insurance benefits were approved and will take effect September 1, 2023. NYC retirees age 65+ and their eligible dependents have had choices in how they receive their retiree health insurance benefits, with the vast majority of retirees in [...]
Published on Mar 30, 2023 by Leslie Bailey
In February 2023, the Legal Aid Society and co-counsel at Freshfields filed a class-action lawsuit named "Chen v. Vislack" against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The lawsuit aims to challenge the agency's regulations that govern the replacement of SNAP benefits stolen through a method known as "skimming," which is an electronic form of theft from [...]
Published on Mar 30, 2023 by Michelle Berney
ACCESS HRA (AHRA) is a website and mobile app that allows NYC residents to apply for, recertify, and check the status of HRA-administered benefits, such as Cash Assistance, SNAP (food stamps), and Medicaid. Clients with a Medicaid-only case (meaning they are not in receipt of Cash Assistance) have had limited access to view their Medicaid coverage [...]
Published on Mar 3, 2023 by Michelle Berney
The 2022-2023 NYS budget included an expansion of Medicaid for individuals ages 65+ without documentation beginning in 2023. However, the 2023-2024 NYS budget indicates that this provision will be delayed until January 2024.While this is very disappointing, we’d like to make sure that clients know of other coverage and services available to New Yorkers, without regard [...]

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