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Opponents fear Iowans who need help with food and medical care could lose benefits under House bill

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

A bill that would change who qualifies for food and medical assistance in Iowa advanced out of a House subcommittee last week.

House File 3 proposes new limits on assets Iowans could hold while receiving food assistance, known as SNAP benefits. Under the bill, the state would also ask the federal government for permission to enforce work requirements for some Medicaid recipients and would direct the state to do additional verification of Iowans' eligibility for SNAP on Medicaid.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer and IPR state government reporter Katarina Sostaric talk with two Iowans who would be impacted by these changes, and two of the House subcommittee members who took opposites sides on the legislation. Listeners also weigh in on the matter.


  • Cecelia Proffit, SNAP recipient from Iowa City
  • Tara Kramer, former SNAP recipient from Des Moines
  • Rep. Thomas Jeneary, Republican from Le Mars
  • Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, Democrat from Ames
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katarina Sostaric is IPR's State Government Reporter
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.