2019 Legislative Priorities

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

  • We support increasing funding for the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) program to 100 percent of the funding for nursing home care, thereby allowing people with disabilities who meet a nursing home level of care to choose in-home support to remain independent.
  • We support responsible reform of the CDS program to ensure the integrity of this essential service.
  • We support increasing provider rates for Medicaid services.
  • We support increasing the state’s grant for Missouri Centers for Independent Living.

People with disabilities should have opportunities to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

  • We support changes to the 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 while still being employed to their greatest capacity.
  • We support a statewide “Employment First” policy.
  • 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 quality, affordable health care that meets their needs.

  • We oppose any efforts to weaken the vital “safety net” (e.g., implementation of block grants or per capita cap models of Medicaid).
  • We oppose implementing work requirements for Medicaid recipients.
  • We oppose efforts to include people with disabilities in managed care delivery systems that do not ensure access to quality affordable health care for people with disabilities.

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