Strict requirements on assistance hurt the poor

The numerous bills that state Senate Republicans are proposing to impose even stricter requirements on Iowans receiving Medicaid or food stamps concern and disappoint me.

I work with some of the people that these lawmakers are targeting with these punitive proposals. They are good people, have families, and contribute to our communities in ways both seen and unseen.

Additional work requirements (because there are already pretty stringent work and income requirements to receive SNAP and Medicaid) would do nothing more than put extra burden on people already struggling.

Doesn’t our state Legislature have anything better to do? If their goal is to get people off of Medicaid and food assistance, the best solution would be to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. 

More: Iowans on Medicaid, food assistance programs could see more eligibility reviews under this bill

— Natalie Snyders, Des Moines