Cuts in spending for the in home health care sector in Missouri had been a hot topic for a while, but it appears as though legislators are miles apart as far as compromise is concerned. This means, instead of dealing with the issue that could leave some Missourians without adequate care and support, the government has effectively passed it on down the line.
This means there could be thousands of men and women who will no longer have access to home care support or who may need to find other solutions to their needs. When the cuts were initially put into place, it was calculated that as many as 8,000 residents would be impacted. According to ‘officials,’ though, not many have actually been affected. Unfortunately, the officials making this claim were not identified nor were any documents produced to highlight it.
According to The Missourian, in the news blog State legislature pushes off addressing in-home health care cuts, written by Jack Morrisroe:
“The General Assembly voted at the very end of its regular legislative session in May to avoid cuts and pay for in-home care by reallocating overages in special funds, but that was vetoed by Greitens.
More than 8,000 disabled, elderly and veteran Missouri residents were initially estimated to have their in-home health care affected by the legislative cut.
However, officials have said that so far, very few patients have actually lost benefits.
The legislature can call a special session, but that requires a three-quarters vote of House and Senate members, respectively. The governor can also call a special session.”
Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard claimed that there was a solution ready to be addressed several weeks ago, but a spokesperson for Governor Eric Greitens, Parker Briden, claimed that was not the case. Parker went on to state that any such claim that a workable solution existed was either being dishonest or that person was confused.
Meanwhile, men and women throughout the state will continue to wait and see how these cuts will impact an aging population placing increased demand on home care services. If an individual is not able to afford home care on their own and are impacted by these cuts, it could leave them few options and increase safety risks.
At the moment, the legislature and governor’s office appear to be far from a solution to restore any funding that had been cut. Without increased revenue, many states are facing similar challenges in determining which programs are cut back on, and often home care is one of the first choices.
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