The Missouri House of Representatives is currently considering a proposal that will make a 20% across-the-board-cut in services offered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Some people believe that across the board cuts seem like a fair way to approach tough economic times. But, this proposal does not take into account the real consequences. For instance, an across-the-board cut of 20% will result in the elimination of critical staff members who maintain and check the Employee Disqualification List – a list that helps seniors avoid known abusers as workers in their homes.
The move could also jeopardize $537. million in federal funds that Missouri seniors rely on for independent living programs.
Seniors have seen their program budgets cut repeatedly over the course of the past several years.
It’s time to tell legislators that senior citizens should be off limits this year. Send your legislator a message.
Download a contact form by CLICKING HERE: http://www.ma4web.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/SOS-DHSS-budget-cuts1.doc Or call your area legislators and talk to them in person. It’s critical – and other than silence – there is no reason for legislative measures that hit so heavily on Missouri’s senior population.