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DTA and SNAP (food stamp) wage match lawsuit

Produced by Attorney Deborah Harris, Victoria Negus Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Last Updated January 2017

Why did I get a letter about my SNAP and a computer match?

In 2014 or 2015, DTA closed your SNAP (food stamp) case based on information they had about your wages or a new job from the Department of Revenue computer.

Some SNAP clients took DTA to court over its wage match procedures. DTA agreed to:

1.   Give some SNAP benefits back to some people if DTA closed their case after the wage match.  

2.   Send a SNAP application and a postage-paid return envelope to households if DTA closed their SNAP case after the wage match and did not reopen it by the end of 2015.

3.   Only use wage match information to decide if people are eligible for SNAP if DTA decides, after DTA testing, that the information is accurate and relevant.

If you are getting back SNAP benefits, you will get a letter from DTA that tells you what you need to do, if anything.

If you are not getting SNAP now you have a right to reapply, even if you have not gotten a letter from DTA. 

Be sure to use some of your SNAP in the next year or DTA may take back benefits from your account.

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