2017 Legislative Priorities

People with disabilities should have access to affordable healthcare that meets their needs.

  • Ensure adult dental services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and necessary durable medical equipment for people with disabilities accessing MO HealthNet (Medicaid).
  • We support expansion of MO HealthNet to 133 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL).
  • We support increasing the eligibility for the “Aged, Blind and Disabled” category of MO HealthNet to 133 percent of the FPL to mirror the expansion category.
  • We oppose efforts to include people with disabilities in managed care delivery systems.

People with disabilities should have opportunities to achieve economic self-sufficiency and access the supports they need to be independent in their homes and communities.

  • We support changes to Missouri’s MO HealthNet Buy-in (MBI) Program — the Ticket to Work Health Assurance Program — that increase the likelihood that people with disabilities who need to access MO HealthNet can do so and be employed to their greatest capacity.
  • We support policies that increase opportunities for people with disabilities to become employed in community settings for at least minimum wage.

People with disabilities should have access to home- and community-based services that allow them to live independent lives in their homes and communities.

  • Ensure adequate funding for the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) program is maintained at the current level or increased, thereby allowing people who meet a nursing home level of care to choose in-home support to remain independent.
  • Continue our support for allied efforts to increase the state’s grant for Centers for Independent Living in Missouri.

People with disabilities should have maximum choice, control and opportunity for self-determination.

  • Continue to support the efforts of MO-WINGS to modernize Missouri’s guardianship statutes.

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