WORK REQUIREMENTS WILL AFFECT VULNERABLE FAMILIES

Three proposed policy changes are posed to have a negative affect on families in Kansas and Missouri:

  • The Governor of Kansas is pursuing efforts to include work requirements and lifetime limits to KanCare, Kansas' Medicaid program. This puts kids at risk of losing basic health care if their families are unable to meet these regulations. However, legislators have been taking steps toward a federal extension of the program without eligibility changes.
  • Missouri Senate Bill 561 mandates Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients comply with specific work requirements in order to receive benefits. The Missouri Department of Social Services estimates 42,507 parents of children 6 and older would be disqualified from the program for noncompliance, leaving tens of thousands of households with children with inadequate food.
  • The U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development's new proposal could triple rents of the poorest tenants in federally subsidized housing. In addition, it would also allow local public housing authorities to impose work requirements on their tenants. According the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the group that will be mostly affected is single mothers, which includes approximately one million children.

How Can I Help?

  • Kansas voters should tell their legislators and Governor that work requirements and lifetime limits for social services such as Medicaid threaten the health and well-being of the state’s children. The state should focus on policies that strengthen — not hurt — families.
  • Missouri voters should tell their Senators you want them to vote against SB 561, which imposes work requirements on SNAP recipients.
  • Call or email your federal legislators! The proposed rent overhaul proposed by HUD must be approved by Congress. Let your federal representatives and senators know the “Making Affordable Housing Work Act of 2018” bill is unacceptable, and that you believe work requirements to access social services has life-long, negative effects on children. 
  • Tweet and post Facebook messages to your representatives and senators as well. 
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