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Missouri senators still want special session for in-home health care — but time is running out

The Missouri Senate is waiting to go into special session on securing in-home health care benefits for more than 8,000 state residents.

The upper chamber’s proposal is being handled by Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville. It involves reducing the number of elderly homeowners and renters who qualify for a housing tax break known as the “circuit breaker.” The amount renters could receive would be capped at $450, while homeowners would be capped at $750. And the tax break would be limited to those with a maximum annual income of $22,000.

It also involves shifting unused funds from nursing homes and the state’s tobacco settlement, which would provide an extra $25 million for in-home health care.

Cunningham said that other Senate members have verbally committed to his plan, giving them enough votes to pass it if a special session is called by Gov. Eric Greitens.

So far there’s been no response from House leaders to Cunningham’s proposal. He said he’s also prepared to sponsor the same proposal during next regular session, which begins in January.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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