Iowa Senate Approve Medicaid Work Requirements

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Senate Tuesday passed a bill to place works requirements on people who receive healthcare assistance through the federal Medicaid program.

It would require able bodied recipients between 18-and-64 years-old to work, volunteer or take part in a training program for work for 20 hours a week.

It allows for exceptions to the requirements for those under 18 or over 64, those medically certified as unfit to work, parents or caretakers caring for an infant, pregnant women and certain other conditions.

The bill would also put more restrictions on access to SNAP benefits, also known as "food stamps".

The bill now goes to the House for consideration. A similar bill passed the state senate last year but failed to move in the Iowa House.

Some other GOP led state legislatures have work requirements for Medicaid recipients.

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