Advocates to discuss bill veto, cuts to seniors, people with disabilities

10 months 5 days 20 hours ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10:10:00 AM CDT August 16, 2017 in News
By: Kristen Reesor, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
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COLUMBIA — Two organizations will host a town hall on Wednesday to discuss the impacts of Gov. Eric Greitens' veto of a bipartisan bill. Supporters say the bill would have offset proposed reductions in health support services for seniors and people with disabilities.

Missouri Jobs with Justice and COMO for Progress will host the town hall Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Activity and Recreation Center, commonly known as ARC. A press release states representatives from local healthcare providers and state Reps. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, and Martha Stevens, D-Columbia, will attend the meeting.

Town hall participants plan to discuss what is at stake due to the governor’s veto and what people can still do to fix it. Greitens vetoed the bill HCB3 on June 30. A release states:  "HCB3 was an attempt by the legislature to pull unused funds from other budgets to stave off proposed reductions in in-home and nursing home support services for seniors and people with disabilities." Supporters of the bill touted it as a solution to Greitens' cuts to Medicaid.

HCB3 would have created a protection fund for Missouri Senior Services, which would have allocated millions of dollars in funds to services for low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Missouri Jobs for Justice said the governor's veto effectively cut services to more than 8,000 Missourians who "must either go without, or potentially enter more expensive institutional based care settings."

Missouri Jobs with Justice Policy Director Richard von Glahn said, “The reality here is he is choosing to cut services to seniors and people with disabilities. This bill was one of the few this session that had real bipartisan support and we hope that support will only grow during the veto session as people realize the consequences of this action.”

The press release stated the organization has volunteers asking people to contact their representatives and urge them to support a veto override. Missouri's veto session begins September 13.

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