KANSAS CITY, MO/June 16, 2017 (STL.News) – Effective July 1, 60,000 older Missourians will lose their prescription drug coverage through the state provided plan, MO Rx. This program pays 50 percent of out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for seniors who are on Medicare Part D. This group of seniors earn up to about $20,000 a year for an individual.
The Missouri legislature voted to eliminate access for these 60,000 older Missourians in hope to help balance the state’s budget. If the older Missourians qualified for Medicaid, the state would have to pay 100% of their healthcare costs. However, after they spend their life savings paying for their prescriptions, they could qualify for Medicaid. In the long run this could further jeopardize the state’s already tight budget.
AARP Missouri’s 760,000 members will advocate for full restoration of MO Rx in 2018. With costs of prescription drugs going up every day, seniors maybe hesitant to purchase the medications they need to maintain their quality of life. This is not something that one of our most vulnerable populations should have to be faced with.
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