Greitens eases proposed cuts to home care, school busing

9 months 8 hours 43 minutes ago Thursday, February 23 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:57:00 PM CST February 23, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is largely reversing his proposed cut to in-home care services for low-income disabled residents.

Greitiens said Thursday he wants to use a $52 million settlement payment with tobacco companies to undo $41 million of a proposed $52 million reduction in Medicaid funding for in-home care services next fiscal year.

He is proposing to direct the additional $11 million from the settlement payment to lessen the $36 million cut he originally recommended in state aid for school busing.

Greitiens said in a statement that the proposal is "short-term relief." He promised to do an audit of the in-home care program in the coming months.

The governor's budget recommendations currently are being considered by a House committee.

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