More Than 60,000 Missourians Face Prescription Benefits Cuts

This year, the Missouri Legislature agreed to continue to provide a prescription drug assistance program known as MO Rx. Unfortunately, the program did not receive full funding. The lack of funds could result in benefit cuts for more than 60,000 Missourians, many of whom are in difficult financial situations.

In one of their last acts before adjourning on May 12, the House and Senate agreed on a plan to avert cuts to 8,000 seniors who receive nursing and in-home care, as well as 50,000 senior renters who are part of the state’s “Circuit Breaker” tax credit program.

But the prescription drug assistance cuts made it to Greitens’ desk.

Rep. David Wood, who carried the legislation in the House, said the benefit was a casualty of tight financial times and that the program was set to expire on Aug. 28. Under the legislation, the program was extended past the expiration date but not funded. Next fiscal year, if there is enough money, the program could receive funding, he said.

“We didn’t have enough money to go everywhere. I worked hard to keep the program alive at least,” said Wood, R-Versailles. “There just wasn’t that $15 million laying around.”

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