Update & Resources on COVID-19
We urge everyone to be safe, stay home and stay positive.
apply to MassHealth Limited. Visit the MA Connector or call 1-800-841-2900 for English and Spanish service.
All health insurance carriers are required to provide medically necessary telehealth, testing, counseling, treatment, and vaccination (once it’s developed and available) services without charging copays and coinsurance or applying a deductible.
Food Security/ Seguridad Alimentaria
Somerville will offer free breakfast and lunch to students and families in need. Meals will be served between 9am and 11am Monday-Friday at 3 locations:
Click on neighboring cities to see their meal schedules and locations: Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Chelsea, Lawrence, and Lowell.
Daddy Jones has been raising money on GoFundMe to connect food from restaurants to children in need during the shutdown: Daddy Jones GoFundMe. They are dropping off bags with carrots, broccoli, chicken, rice, and peanut butter at families’ doors. Donations cover labor, product, and containers, with additional funds going to buy groceries from Magoun Square businesses.
Unemployment Assistance/ Asistencia de Desempleo
You may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you are quarantined or if you left work due to risk of exposure or to care for a family member. You don’t have to provide medical documentation, but you must: (1) remain in contact with your employer, and; (2) be available for work your employer may have that you’re able to do. To apply, please visit the Unemployment Assistance website. The state is moving to waive the one week waiting period for benefits.
Undocumented residents are not eligible for unemployment benefits.
Protecting Workers/ Protegiendo a los Trabajadores
The Massachusetts Attorney General is accepting online complaints related to minimum wage, overtime payment, sick time, meal breaks, and worker protections. You can file a complaint with the Fair Labor Division here or call the hotline at 617-727-3465.
Public Charge and Immigration Issues/ Problemas de Inmigración
Seeking testing, treatment or preventative care for coronavirus will not be used against anyone in any public charge analysis. Remember that using public benefits will not impact you if you are a green card holder, U.S. citizen, refugee, asylum seeker, VAWA recipient, TPS holder, or holder of a U or T visa. Many benefits, including CHIP, WIC, LiHEAP, SSDI, free school lunch, and disaster relief, are not included in public charge. You can always call LCR’s English-Spanish public charge hotline at 617-988-0609 with any questions.