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Hello-If you are not on the NSCLC email list for Martinez-type cases, here's a NSCLC email asking if you are seeing SSA cases which are not being handled properly under the Martinez settlement. Respond to email below. You may also add yourself to the Martinsez email list.
Carol Ahlum, Midwestern LAB.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Anna Rich
Sent: Friday, March 04, 2011 7:54 PM
Subject: Does SSA Give Inaccurate, Incomplete, Misleading or Unhelpful Information About the Martinez Settlement?
Do you have a client who received incomplete or inaccurate information about the Martinez settlement from SSA? Have you yourself had an interaction with an SSA representative who demonstrated his or her confusion and/or lack of information about the Martinez settlement? Or have you or your clients been told by an SSA representative that questions about the settlement “can’t be answered right now”?
If so, we would love to hear from you. We would like to communicate your or your client’s experiences to SSA as part of our ongoing monitoring of implementation of the Martinez settlement. If you are, and/or if your client is, willing to have his or her name shared with us and with SSA, that would be very helpful. Otherwise, please give us a brief description of any incorrect, incomplete or misleading information about the Martinez settlement received from an SSA employee and, where possible, the employee’s name, office and location.
SSA claims that it has done all it should to ensure that its employees are notified about the Martinez settlement provisions. We have heard reports, however, suggest that class members have received the run-around when contacting SSA about the Martinez settlement, especially those whose benefits were denied or suspended prior to January 1, 2007.
We are also interested in hearing from anyone who has a client who lost Medicare Part B as the result of a Martinez-related loss of benefits. SSA agrees, in theory, that these class members should be held harmless , but has so far failed to provide those individuals with the necessary notice and retroactive reinstatement to Part B.
Please let us know about incidents like this even if the matter was ultimately resolved—your advocacy may have fixed the problem, but we know that many class members lack access to experienced advocates such as yourselves.
We really appreciate your time—this will help improve delivery of relief to all Martinez class members!
National Senior Citizens Law Center
1330 Broadway, Suite 525
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 663-1055 ext. 305
(510) 663-1051 FAX
This morning I have an email with various updates from NCLC in my inbox, and the first item is:
Now Available Online - Getting Food Stamps in Maryland, 2011 Edition
Getting Food Stamps in Maryland - 2011 Edition (pdf) is now available online, through Maryland Hunger Solutions' website. This guide gives Maryland residents the facts they need to apply quickly and easily for Food Stamps (also known as "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, nationally, and the Food Supplement Program in Maryland).
More than 650,000 Maryland residents benefit from Food Stamps each month and are able to buy more fresh produce, grains, meat, and dairy products at the grocery store. Even so, a large number of residents – including many low‐income workers, seniors and immigrants – are not getting Food Stamps even though they qualify for benefits.
This means that many people are missing out on one way to stretch their food dollars and buy more nutritious food. In this challenging economic climate, many families must decide between paying bills and buying food. Food Stamps can be a tremendous help in meeting the needs of financially struggling Maryland households.
Maryland Hunger Solutions is available for presentations on hunger, Food Stamps, and how to assist community members in the Food Stamp application process. Please contact Cassandra Kaiser at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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