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The Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee met last week to make adjustments on its version of the state budget. Although not final as of this moment, the committee’s version looks to include:

  • Point level at 24.
  • 60 percent cost cap in Consumer Directed Services (CDS) program.
  • 5 percent provider rate cut.

Some of you may have read recent news articles related to the filibustering, threats of stopping bills, ultimatums on funding, the possible need for a special session and just all out right chaos between the House, Senate and governor’s office. But our message still remains the same: these cuts will not save the state of Missouri money but only shift the need to higher cost services (e.g., we’ll see an increase in emergency room visits, hospital stays and hospital┬áreadmissions). Also, some people with disabilities may be forced into a nursing home, losing their independence and freedom to live in their own home. We hope the leaders of Missouri can put aside their differences and do what they were elected to do: protect Missouri citizens.

The budget could be debated on the Senate floor by Wednesday.

We must increase our continued grassroots efforts on these cuts. It is imperative that Monday and Tuesday, you, your staff, clients/consumers and their families contact the Senate leaders listed below and your/their individual senator to voice our concerns over these cuts. Also, continue to contact Gov. Eric Greitens’ office.

Sen. Dan Brown
Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 422
Jefferson City, Mo. 65101
Phone: (573) 751-5713
FAX: (573) 751-0733
Dan.Brown@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Mike Kehoe
Majority Floor Leader
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 321
Jefferson City, Mo. 65101
Phone: (573) 751-2076
FAX: (573) 751-2582
Mike.Kehoe@senate.mo.gov

Sen. Ron Richard
President Pro Tem
201 W. Capitol Ave., Room 326
Jefferson City, Mo. 65101
Phone: (573) 751-2173
District Office: (417) 623-0022
Ron.Richard@senate.mo.gov

Gov. Eric Greitens
PO Box 720
Jefferson City, Mo. 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3222
governor.mo.gov

Click here to identify your senator. Please join us. We will not go down without a fight!

The Missouri Alliance for Home Care is Missouri’s largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home health agencies, home care companies, hospices and private duty companies.

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