Nursing care for low-income Missourians to take spotlight at veto session

Missouri lawmakers will reconvene next week in Jefferson City for their annual veto session, where the biggest issue on the table will be a measure to fund in-home health care and nursing home care for about 8,000 low-income Missourians.

The bill, which would finance the nursing care by pulling excess money from other state departments, is the most debated subject matter of the eight pieces of legislation that Gov. Eric Greitens chose to block from becoming law.

Greitens vetoed the measure in June, saying it was unconstitutional and a “last-minute budget gimmick.” The legislature will now decide if it wants to try and override the veto.

Greitens, in his original budget proposal for the current fiscal year, also cut costs by raising the bar to qualify for the nursing care, which removed 20,000 people from its rolls.

The Missouri House restored state funding for the Medicaid program in its version of the budget by doing away with a property tax break for about 100,000 low-income seniors who rent their homes.

The Senate and House reached an agreement to reinstate nursing care for all but the 8,000 people.

According to Republican Budget Committee Vice-Chair Justin Alferman, R-Hermann, discussions are now taking place to come up with a measure both chambers can agree on.

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