Missouri Governor Greitens recently submitted his budget proposal for the next state fiscal year to the Missouri Legislature. The overall state budget for the upcoming year will reflect spending cuts of $572 million because of declining state tax revenue. The revenue shortfall has been partially blamed on the numerous special interest tax cuts that have been enacted by the Missouri legislature in recent years.
Sadly, in- home care services for the elderly and disabled will receive a drastic funding reduction. In-home care enables individuals to remain in their home, versus entering a nursing home. Remaining at home is not only preferable but it is also less expensive than living in a nursing home. Many Missourians will lose these services.It is tragic that the governor has chosen this program for reductions! Recipients of state sponsored in-home care are poor, elderly, and/ or disabled. They have no powerful lobbyists or wealthy corporations to work in their behalf in our state capital, and they are an easy target for budget cuts.
We ask that the governor reconsider his decision to reduce funding for in-home care. We also ask the members of the Missouri legislature to restore funding for this valuable program. The recipients of the in-home care program are some of our most vulnerable citizens. Many of these individuals will suffer great harm if the cuts are enacted.
Missouri Coalition for Quality Care
Contact us by Mail: Missouri Coalition for Quality Care, PO Box 7165, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Phone: 1-888-262-5644 Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of MCQC is to improve the quality of care and quality of life of residents in long-term care facilities and recipients of in-home care