MA4 Legislative Priorities Help Seniors Focus On Key Issues

Each year, the Missouri Association of Area Agencies identifies key legislative priorities for the year. The range in topic from tax credits and funding for meals programs to elder abuse laws and nursing home security. The one thing they all have, however, is that each priority is focused on the well-being of Missouri seniors. This year, MA4 will be advocating for positive outcomes in the following six categories:

  • Cameras in Skilled Care Facilities
  • Circuit Breaker
  • Elder Abuse/Nursing Home Abuse
  • Funding for MORx
  • Intranet Sales Tax
  • Maintain/Increase AAA appropriations

Here’s a quick recap of each issue including some of the proposals currently being considered by the Missouri Legislature.

Cameras In Skilled Care Facilities
(Information pending)

Circuit Breaker Renter Income Program – MA4 Supports
HB 2452 Modifies provisions relating to “circuit breaker” tax credits. Currently, certain senior citizens and disabled individuals are eligible to apply for a tax credit on real estate taxes or rent they have paid. Renters may claim a credit of up to $750 provided their income is equal to or less than $27,500. Homeowners may claim a credit of up to $1,100 provided their income is equal to or less than $30,000. This bill changes the amount of the credit for renters from $750 to $1,000 and the income threshold from up to $27,500 to $34,500. Additionally, this bill changes the amount of the credit for homeowners from $1,100 to $1,500 and the income threshold from $30,000 to $40,000.

Elder Abuse/Nursing Home Abuse
(Information pending)

Funding for MORx – MA4 Supports
MA4 supports continuation of the MORx prescription drug program for low income Missouri seniors.

Internet Sales Tax
HB 1967 is known as the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. Basically, it creates the ability for the state to collect sales tax revenues from online Internet sellers.

Appropriations for Area Agency on Aging ProgramsMA4 Supports Increases
HB 10 is the General Appropriations bill that deals with funds to be expended by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. MA4 supports increasing support for senior programs to levels which match or exceed those previously granted by the Missouri Legislature in terms of meal program funding and other AAA programs. MA4 also supports full funding for the Senior Services Growth Fund which was created by the Legislature last year.

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