How Legal Aid Boosted the Commonwealth’s Economy in FY09 Summary Full report at www.mlac.org/research.html The work of legal aid programs funded by the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation brings in millions of federal dollars each year, wins millions more in financial support for low-income Massachusetts residents and saves the state the expense of costly social services. In FY09, the total boost to the Commonwealth’s economy amounted to an estimated $73.1 million.
Revenue and Savings
Potential Savings, $12.0 FY09, in millions of dollars
Other Benefits Won, $22.4
New Federal Revenue, $38.7
New Federal Revenue Brought into the Commonwealth: $38.7 million SSI/SSDI: $9.1 million MLAC’s Disability Benefits Project, with state funding of only $1.37 million, yielded $8,449,788 in retroactive payments and first-year federal benefits to clients and $666,037 in direct federal reimbursements to the Commonwealth. Average recipient receives benefits for 9.7 years. SNAP (Food Stamps): $26.7 million Policy changes spearheaded by the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute were responsible for bringing an additional $26,675,664 in federal Food Stamps to the Commonwealth. Medicare Appeals: $1.1 million Clients of MLAC’s Medicare Advocacy Project won $1,091,484 in Medicare coverage of health care costs. Medicaid Waiver: $1.25 million Massachusetts Advocates for Children’s lead advocacy for the Children’s Autism Medicaid waiver resulted in $1.25 million in federal Medicaid reimbursements. Federal Taxes: $554,641 Greater Boston Legal Services and Neighborhood Legal Services provided federal tax appeal and preparation assistance, bringing in $554,641 to low-income clients.
Additional Revenue from Federal Extended Unemployment Benefits* Two MLAC-funded programs, Greater Boston Legal Services and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, successfully advocated for changes to Massachusetts law that made the...