Missouri Governor Greitens' Boards and Commissions Task Force recently
released their recommendations for restructuring various councils,
boards and commissions that exist in state government. Of particular
interest to Missouri seniors is an advisory board located in the
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services called the Board of
Senior Services. It was anticipated that the long dormant Board of
Senior Services would resume its activities under a new
administration but it appears that will not happen. Instead, the task
force recommended that the Board of Senior Services be folded into a
larger board of six other councils, committees and commissions, thus
lessening the attention given to issues affecting senior citizens .In
addition, the task force also recommended the elimination of the
Missouri Quality Home Care Council. No reason was given.
FOR IN-HOME CARE
the end of the past session of the Missouri Legislature, Governor
Greitens vetoed funding for in-home care for senior and disabled
Missourians. Numerous individuals experienced reductions in their
in-home care or lost the service completely. An attempt to override
the governor's veto failed. Several leaders in the Missouri
legislature have vowed to restore the funding for in home care during
the next session of the Missouri Legislature which begins in January.
MCQC supports this effort. We do not, however, support their plan for
restoring the funding. As incredible as it seems, they still plan to
restore the cuts by taking money away from low income senior citizens
who are eligible for the circuit breaker tax credit. They want to
help one group of seniors by hurting a separate group of seniors. It
would be better if they generated additional revenue by restoring
some of the tax cuts they gave to wealthy corporations.
According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, Ruby N. Martin, the owner of Senior
Care Services, was arrested for stealing more than $26,000 from an
elderly woman in her care. Prosecutors have charged her with two
counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, a class E felony.
According to the newspaper Ms. Martin has two prior convictions
involving issuing a bad check and careless and imprudent driving. As
difficult as it is to believe the Boone County Prosecutor's
office set conditions for her bond which would allow her to continue
to work with the elderly.
The Missouri Silver Haired Legislature has established its priorities for
2018. During 2018 they plan to advocate for the following issues
during the regular Missouri legislative session.
1. Establish a
senior services growth and development fund.
2. Revise MoRx,
Missouri's state pharmacy assistance program.
3. Increase funding
for home delivered meals provided by Area Agencies on Aging.
Maintain the property tax credit known as the circuit breaker for
renters and homeowners at the 2016 level.
5. Approval of medical
marijuana use in Missouri.
to AARP there are over 15,000 nursing homes that participate in the
Medicare and Medicaid program in our country. These nursing homes
serve around 1.4 million Americans. About 68% of the homes are owned
by for-profit corporations. Of the remaining homes 24% are run by
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