60,000 seniors to lose prescription subsidies as state scales back program

Part of a program that helps older Missourians pay for their medication will expire Saturday, leaving 60,000 seniors in the state without aid.

Seniors making between 85 percent and 185 percent of the federal poverty level, or up to $22,000 for an individual, will no longer receive assistance under the Missouri Rx program. Previously, the program has covered 50 percent of total prescription costs for those seniors.

Scaling back the program saved the state $15 million. It was a move designed to help balance the budget after tax revenues fell short.

While the program will see a reduction of about 30 percent of its beneficiaries, it will still support Missourians who make less than 85 percent of the federal poverty level, or around $10,000 for an individual.

Read more: Missourinet


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