Missouri RX Program Extension

By Gretchen Bolander

Published 07/11 2014 05:35PM

Updated 07/11 2014 07:58PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- Governor Jay Nixon signed Senate Bill 754 covering the Missouri RX Program. At a cost of $20 million a year, it helps about 207,000 patients by paying 50% of the out of pocket costs of prescriptions. Advocates for seniors say there was some serious concern whether state officials would allow the program to run out this August.

"This is something we deal with on a daily basis. And we do know how many seniors rely on this program," said Allison Riddle, Area Agency on Aging.

Missouri RX helps patients already enrolled in Medicare who make less than $29,000 a year. 

That wasn't the only bill the Missouri governor addressed this week. Nixon also approved Senate Bill 567. That will provide additional training and resources for adult day care operations. Senate Bill 606 was also approved. The new law will increase regulation of the sale of pre-paid legal services. 

Governor Nixon also vetoed Senate Bill 675. The measure would have allowed local governments to transfer administration for first responder retirement plans without a prior vote. Decision-making time is running out for the governor. State law gives him until next week, or any bills left undecided automatically become law.

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