Home-Based and Community Services: Our Work Continues

September 14, 2017

On September 13, the Missouri General Assembly convened for the annual Veto Session. One of the bills that they were considering was HCB3, a bipartisan effort to save home-based and community services for 8,000 low-income people with disabilities and seniors. Governor Greitens vetoed the bill this summer. Since then, thousands of voters and consumers, including many Missouri Health Care for All supporters, have contacted their legislators urging them to restore these services.

If the cuts to services are allowed to take effect, 8,000 people could lose the services that allow them remain in their homes and out of institution-based care. In addition to the impact on Missourians’ quality of life, home-based services are far more cost effective than residential care.

This week, the Missouri House of Representatives failed to override the Governor’s veto of HCB3. However, there was a bright spot, as the leaders of the Senate and House announced a shared intention to find an alternate way to maintain these services. Speaker of the House Todd Richardson and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richards tapped Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick and Sen. Mike Cunningham to come up with an alternate plan within the next few weeks.

Now is the time for Missourians across the state to keep up the grassroots pressure and speak out in support of services for some of our most vulnerable neighbors. Our elected officials have expressed a commitment to saving these services. We need to let them know that we are watching, and that we expect them to make good on their promise. Click here to take action.

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