MA4 Fights To Restore Funding For Senior Programs

The Missouri association of Area Agencies on Aging is looking to the Missouri Legislature to restore funding for senior programs cut during past legislative sessions and enact new protections for Missouri’s senior population.

According to a report in the Columbia Missourian, “organizations representing Missouri’s seniors are keeping their eyes on the “circuit breaker” tax credit, which saw debate in the legislature during the 2018 legislative session. The policy survived budget cuts last session through a Senate compromise that took money from other dedicated Medicaid funds. The tax break, called the Missouri Property Tax Credit Claim, provides low-income seniors who rent their homes with a credit of up to $750 and, for those who own their homes, up to $1,100, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue.”

Catherine Edwards, Executive Director of MA4, indicated that her group will also be tracking legislation that would:

Establish the Senior Services Growth and Development Fund and expand eligibility for the MORx prescription drug program. The Growth and Development Fund legislation is known as SB 86 and is sponsored by Senator Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau. The MORx bill, which would eliminate dual eligibility requirements for the program was introduced by Senator David Sater of Cassville.

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