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What can you do if you are getting close to the end of your time limit?


DTA made a number of changes and suspended a number of rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guide notes in red when a rule was suspended during the pandemic.

Produced by Deborah Harris and Betsy Gwin, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2022

The time limit was suspended during the pandemic. The rules below are the rules from before the pandemic.

Your benefits will not end after 24 months if you get an exemption, a waiver, or an extension.

Exemptions include exemptions for disability, caring for a disabled child or certain other family members, caring for a child under age two, the last weeks of pregnancy, non-parent caretaker not on the grant, and other exemptions listed in Who is exempt from the time limit and Work Program?

Waivers include domestic violence waivers (see Can you get a waiver or good cause exception to welfare rules because of domestic violence?).

Extensions of the time limit are discussed in links below

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