Written by Curt Campbell

Apr 07


DC Provides Temporary SNAP Increases to Meet Nutritional Needs

As part of its response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the District is temporarily increasing SNAP (or Food Stamps) benefits for eligible households. According to the DC Department of Human Services (DHS), this policy change will help an estimated 34,000 households in the District by providing them with an average increase of $155 per month in SNAP for the months of March and April. Read more →

Aug 27


Social Security Disability Forum on Electronic Medical Records Presents Hopeful Future But Fails to Address Grim Present

Think about your last doctor’s visit. Maybe it was an annual checkup, or perhaps you had a pervasive case of the Mondays. How did that conversation go? Were you able to bring up everything that ails you? Every symptom? Or were you interrupted in the first eleven seconds, handed a prescription or follow up appointment card, and sent on your way? If you’re in the latter group, don’t take it personally. You may be in the unfortunate company of 67% patients who were cut off by their doctor in the span of reading this sentence, according to a recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Read more →

Aug 03


District Votes to Repair a Hole in its Safety Net

Legal Aid’s client population, many of whom receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, got some really good news last week. The District of Columbia Council unanimously approved the Child Benefit Protection Amendment Act of 2017 and incorporated its provisions into the District’s FY 2018 Budget. By removing the lifetime cap and adjusting the portion of TANF benefits subject to the non-compliance policy, thousands of D.C. families who were at risk of having their benefits terminated in October 2017 will now continue to receive the critical support of this important safety net program.
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