JEFFERSON CITY - The state may no longer offer the Missouri RX Plan to the more than 200,000 low-income seniors and disabled residents it currently helps. If lawmakers don't renew the prescription drug plan, it will expire August 28. In years past, the plan has received about $20 million from the state budget. The current Senate budget plans on the program expiring, using all of its funds for other government needs.
Governor Jay Nixon's administration has been urging lawmakers to keep the program going since December when he asked for a five year renewal of the program. Department of Social Services Director Ron Levy said the program is vital for the disabled and senior citizen residents it supports.
Lawmakers have until May 6 to pass a budget and until May 13 to pass a bill that will reauthorize the program's existence.