Supporters of the law argue that it excludes people who benefit from the system, but opponents say it complicates the process for many Kentuckians.
Louisville, Kentucky – A law to reform Kentucky’s public assistance was passed earlier this year over Governor Andy Beshear’s veto, but what does that mean for families in the Commonwealth?
“Now we are stuck trying to put in place programs that we think will make it more difficult for people to get services. And services that people need,” said Eric Friedlander, Minister of Health and Family Services.
Friedlander was one of several featured speakers on a community panel at the Norton Health Care Sports and Learning Center in West Louisville on Tuesday night.
The commission, hosted by the Kentucky Criminal Justice Forum, has focused on what House Number 7 means for families moving forward.
Supporters of the law argue that it excludes people who benefit from the system, but opponents say it complicates the process for people like Katie Dearing.
A New Leaf Clinic Peer Support Specialist receives SNAP benefits and helps others navigate the system.
“Gas is five dollars a gallon. Groceries are more expensive. We even needed help. And we should be able to say, ‘Hey, we need some help.'” We need help getting back on our feet. She said the conditions attached to her Home Bill 7 make it more difficult in the long run.
The law also establishes a supervisory and advisory committee and an employment assistance program.