Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Letter: Assistance for Kansans in Need Stretched Thin under Brownback's Administration

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Letter: Assistance for Kansans in Need Stretched Thin under Brownback's Administration

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rescinding benefits

Stretched thin

Late last month, Gov. Sam Brownback's administration announced its intent to tie able-bodied adults' Medicaid eligibility to their employment status.

Angela de Rocha, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, told The Topeka Capital-Journal, "There is no downside to work requirements. It's good for their quality of life." KDADS, she noted, had successfully nudged thousands of low-income families off the state's TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) rolls.

She forgot to mention that both Medicaid and cash assistance are reserved for the poorest of the poor. For a non-disabled adult to be eligible for either benefit, he or she must care for children. …

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