Audio: Missouri Legislature asked to reduce paperwork required for federal safety net programs

Missouri State Capitol

A Missouri House committee has voted unanimously in favor of shrinking the amount of paperwork that Missourians must fill out to enroll or renew in federal safety net programs. The state’s paperwork to apply for things like food stamps, WIC, Medicaid or temporary assistance, can reach as many as 63 pages.

Bill sponsor Mary Elizabeth Coleman, a Republican State Representative from Arnold, tried filling out the paperwork and gave up.

 

 

She says she the proposal would not only be easier for applicants, but also for state workers reviewing the paperwork. A House committee has voted unanimously in favor of her bipartisan bill and awaits another committee’s consideration.