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The federal Older Americans Act (OAA) is an important safety net for individuals who are at risk economically, medically and socially. Under this act, Area Agencies on Aging are the local organizations charged with designing and funding systems that prolong independent, meaningful life at home and within communities—avoiding institutional care. Several factors can create a higher […]

The South Central Pension Rights Project has successfully advocated for a Missouri widow who was told she was not due a survivor benefit from her husband’s pension. The Project’s work means that the widow will receive $212 per month, which will total more than $48,000 over her expected life time. Ms. Miranda Jones’ (not her […]

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(CNN) – The preliminary outline for President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget could slash some funding for a program that provides meals for older, impoverished Americans. The budget blueprint suggests cutting funds for the Department of Housing and Urban Development by about $6.2 billion, a 13.2% decrease from its 2017 funding level. “The federal government has spent over […]

State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released information indicating that some budget shortfalls may have been caused by lgislation passed by previous Missouri Legislatures. Some corporate tax cuts for out-of-state transactions were identified as one possible area of concern. The way Missouri handles Medicaid programs could be another area of interest as the audits continue. The […]

In the News

  • Mar 17 - Northwest Missouri Seniors Will Be Affected By Budget Cuts
    Maryville Daily Forum – Recent action in the Missouri Legislature could significantly impact many seniors in northwest Missouri and throughout the state. Despite the legislature’s willingness to shift some senior funding from one program to another, total funding would appear to be decreasing as the senior population increases. FOR THE COMPLETE STORY FROM THE MARYVILLE DAILY […]
  • Mar 16 - Federal Budget Targets Meals On Wheels Program For Cuts
    (CNN) – The preliminary outline for President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget could slash some funding for a program that provides meals for older, impoverished Americans. The budget blueprint suggests cutting funds for the Department of Housing and Urban Development by about $6.2 billion, a 13.2% decrease from its 2017 funding level. “The federal government has spent over […]
  • Mar 15 - Proposals To Cut Senior Programs Moves To MO House For Debate
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch – The Missouri House is taking up several proposals that will cut many senior programs in significant ways. Among the proposals being debated are: Changing Medicaid eligibility laws that would affect 21,000 Missouri seniors who require nursing home or in-home care Eliminating tax credits for seniors and diabled individuals who rent their […]