Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert

Lawmakers have yet to deliver on pledge to restore $35 million in home health funds

Despite high-level meetings designed to stop cuts affecting elderly and disabled Missourians, it remains unclear whether Republicans who control state government have found a solution.

On Wednesday, Gov. Eric Greitens’ office confirmed he had met with the lead Senate negotiator to discuss a plan to restore $35 million to the state budget in order to ensure that 8,300 people don’t lose access to in-home health care.

But, in a statement, a Greitens spokesman did not say whether the governor is prepared to call a special session after his sit-down with Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville.

The push for a fix came after Greitens proposed in February to cut health care for low-income seniors and disabled people. Lawmakers averted the cuts in their budget plan by skimming unused money out of special state funds, but Greitens called the maneuver a one-time gimmick and vetoed it.

GOP leaders called for negotiators to hammer out a compromise, but their informal deadline expired 10 days ago with no deal in place.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kansas City Star

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